BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – It’s tough to look at — but authorities say a cat survived being shot with a crossbow in southern Michigan and they’re trying to find the person responsible.

Laurie Sullivan told the Battle Creek Enquirer she found the cat in Battle Creek with a crossbow arrow, known as a bolt, stuck through his neck. Sullivan, a former Battle Creek commissioner, said she was “mortified.”

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Benjamin Huelsbergen at Turner Veterinary Clinic removed it Tuesday and said it didn’t damage muscle or bone. Sullivan said the cat was “purring and trusting and loving 24 hours later.”

Shooting a cat is a felony, according to Animal Control Officer Mike Ehart.  He said whomever did it could face an animal cruelty charge, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

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Authorities are looking for tips from the public. Anyone who witnessed the shooting or who has any information about the incident is asked to call the Battle Creek Police Department at 269-966-3322.  Or, to remain anonymous, call the Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

Last month, a $1,000 reward was offered for information after a wounded pet cat was found with a crossbow arrow through his chest in Eaton County.  Last week, in Monroe County, it was announced that a dog shot in the head with an arrow in March had recovered and is up for adoption.

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