I hate writing about stuff like this, but honest to goodness there are some maniacs living among us. And cat owners are going to have to deal with that sad fact.

A cat belonging to a family in the Taranaki town of Inglewood struggled home with an arrow through the top of its head. The vet reckons the arrow may have been there a day and a half.

According to stuff.co.nz:

North Taranaki SPCA spokeswoman Jackie Poles Smith said the animal was hit and left injured, which is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act. Penalties include up to $75,000 in fines and/or three years in prison.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for anyone to get a sentence like that for ‘merely’ attempting to kill someone’s pet.

Please think twice before deciding to let your cat roam off your property.