CONNEAUT — A 57-year-old Conneaut man faces animal cruelty charges after police say he shot an orange tabby cat in the throat and shoulder with an arrow.
Robert Nadolny is charged with felony prohibition concerning companion animals and a misdemeanor prohibition concerning companion animals, according to Law Director Kyle Smith’s office.
Nadolny will be arraigned at 9 a.m. Aug. 4 in Conneaut Municipal Court.
Callum, as the cat is now named by rescuers, is on the road to recovery after Conneaut police brought him to the Maddox and Friends Cat Rescue on Sunday. Police have reached out to the non-profit organization before but this time was different — “horribly different,” said Sara Maddox, who founded the rescue.
“Officers stated that a man had shot this cat with an arrow three days prior and it just showed back up, alive, with the arrow still protruding through his body,” she said.
“The arrow entered at the throat area and exited near the shoulder. The long end of the arrow had to be cut off at the rescue in order to transport Callum to the emergency veterinarian.”
The veterinarian determined Callum needed emergency surgery, but he had to be transferred to an animal hospital in Akron, as the arrow was dangerously close to his carotid artery, Maddox said.
“They have him on antibiotics and on strong pain medication,” she said.
The cost of Callum’s surgery has been estimated to be between $4,000 to $5,000, but Maddox has faith the money will come in.
“This boy was brought to us for a reason and he will live if we have anything to do with it,” she said. “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.”
The cat rescue operates 100 percent on donations.
“Donations are desperately needed at this time for Callum’s care,” Maddox said. “Please share, please donate, please follow Callum’s story on Facebook.”
To donate, go to https://www.maddoxandfriends.org.