Arrow man strikes again; Sembulan cat falls prey
Published on: Monday, February 22, 2021
By: Dr Roslee bin Haji Abbas
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HElping Animals Rescue Team (Heart)

THIS is one cat abuse case that non-animal lovers might even like. The most recent case of animal cruelty in Kota Kinabalu is one of the most disturbing cases of animal cruelty that outraged us. This was not the first time Heart has intervened for arrowed cats in Kota Kinabalu. 

In the early morning of February 8, 2021, a panicked resident of Grace Ville condominium called Heart that a stray cat had been impaled with an arrow was in excruciating pain. 

The cat walked around the block with the arrow sticking through his throat, until a resident named Joe noticed him. Someone has been out there deliberately inflicting pain on animals and it’s just not acceptable. 

An orange tabby cat was shot in the throat and shoulder with an arrow. 

The shooter intentionally planned to harm the cat. The orange tabby was purring in distress and bleeding internally with an arrow protruding his throat. 

The cat was still alive but in obvious pain. The way the arrow entered the body, it was very intentional. We have never seen something like this where it was performed with a very malicious intent and something this extreme. 

It was a very hurtful thing to do to a cat, especially a cat who is otherwise healthy and it seems to be thriving well in their immediate environment. The cat has been named Iman. 

This boy was brought to us for a reason and he will live if we have anything to do with it. He will live on, in spite of the evil person that did this to him. He is alert. He is moving and he is purring. He is responsive to love and touch and he wants to be saved.

Heart rushed him to the nearest vet. The veterinarians were shocked by what had happened and had never seen anything like it before. They were able to care for Iman immediately, ultimately saving his life. 

The veterinarians successfully removed the arrow from its throat. 

The arrow was more than 12 inches long with plastic fletches. Amazingly, the arrow didn’t go through any vital organs. The veterinarians who examined the cat said that the spectrum an arrow had almost gone through the animal’s throat and its oesophagus. He also got lucky; the arrow hit right above his heart and lungs. 

The wounds looked like the cat probably had the arrow in him four or five days, according to the veterinarians. They have him on ivy fluids, antibiotics and on strong pain medication as he continues his recovery. 

Iman is doing quite well, but he is still in the recovery phase and dealing with the effects of being injured. The animal has survived but the cruel close-range attack has infuriated us. He’s a fighter... So we’ll see what happens. Heart will continue to monitor the cat’s status and update its condition. 

Iman had a 12-inch arrow lodged in his throat. 

The person who intentionally shot him is still out there. When you try to kill a cat the way this was done with an arrow through the throat and almost hit his vital organs, you know they weren’t fooling around. 

Heart is offering a reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case of the abused cat. The incident happened around the Grace Ville condominium in Sembulan. Anyone with information should call or WhatsApp Heart.

This kind of abuse is a felony in Sabah. In Sabah, you could face three years in prison and a RM100,000 fine or both for animal cruelty under the Sabah Animal Welfare Enactment 2015. 

We need some help raising the funds to support Iman’s recovery, medical veterinary bill and his other expenses. If you are interested in helping, please make your donations to:


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