LAFAYETTE -- A feral cat named "KFC" is doing well a day after he was rushed to the vet with an arrow shot through his back.

The 4-year-old black-and-white short hair was found Monday morning by a Briones resident, according to vet technicians at the Lafayette Animal Hospital.

Vet technicians said the woman found the cat in a barn on her ranch and had to wrangle him up before she could get him to the animal hospital for care.

The woman who found the cat did not immediately return calls for comment.

According to veterinary staff, KFC had an arrow shot through his back, narrowly missing his chest cavity.

Lt. Nancy Anderson of the Contra Costa County animal services department said authorities don't know who may have shot the animal, but that police are currently investigating the case, and they are hopeful they can catch KFC's shooter.

Should the person be caught, Anderson said, the person could either be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for animal cruelty, depending on the county district attorney's decision.

For now, however, KFC's health is a No. 1 priority, even if the cat is not necessarily happy about it.

"He is currently under a blanket, very scared," said a veterinary technician at the Lafayette Animal Hospital.

Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4780 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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