A Leetonia family was shocked when their cat came walking into the family home on High Street in the village on Sunday.

Joleen Bunner, the owner of the cat, told 21 News her that 15-year-old daughter started screaming that something was wrong with Sparkles, the girl's cat. Sticking out of cat's face was a high impact bolt from a hand-held crossbow, according to Leetonia Chief of Police Allen Haueter.

The approximately 4-inch bolt went through through the cat's nose, into the mouth palate and through the cat's mouthand out beside its jaw.

Crossbow bolt that was removed from the cat's head


Bunner said they attempted to go to a local veterinary office, but were sent to a vet in Canton, based on the severeness of the injury.

The vet's office was able to remove the crossbow bolt and the cat was sent home with the family.



Bunner said cat is expected to recover, but had to pay hundreds in vet bill to save the cat.

Chief Haueter said he is investigating the case of animal cruelty and is hoping that anyone with information about the shooting will contact his office, so the person responsible can face charges.

The Columbiana County Humane Society was also notified but the police department is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 330-427-6711 or email Chief Haueter at [email protected]