FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) -- A Fayetteville family is searching for answers after its missing cat returned home with a gunshot wound to the face.
The Meyers family lost their cat August late last week, and thought they may not see him again. Days later, August returned home with blood matted to his face.
Casey Meyers said she rushed August to the vet, where an examination revealed that he had a bullet lodged in his brain.
The vet said August is not yet in the clear, despite the fact that he is still alive. The family is waiting to hear what sort of neurological damage was done to the cat before deciding how to proceed.
The Meyers family reported being shocked by the incident, classifying it as out of character for a town like Fayetteville. Meyers said she chose to publicize the incident in the hopes that the perpetrator might be brought to justice.
"It is completely not Fayetteville," Meyers said. "I mean Fayetteville is safe and it's a very close community and everybody looks out for each other and it's also very animal centric."
According to Arkansas law, intentionally harming a cat or dog is a Class D felony. The family said they have reported the incident to law enforcement, and are hoping someone may come forward with information on the incident.
The photo below shows the injury to August's face, and while it may be disturbing to some, it was included to give a greater understanding of the incident.
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