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Do You Know Who Shot a Dart at this Cat?

WFLA News Channel 8

Sphynx are notoriously inquisitive cats, so it’s no surprise that Akila snuck out of the house Tuesday to do some exploring outside. Akila is an inside cat and her mom, Tyra Bulluck was very concerned – since Sphynx have no hair to protect them from the elements – that she might get sunburned from being outside all day or not survive the cold temperatures overnight. She could have never prepared herself for what she found on Wednesday morning.

Photo courtesy of Animal Coalition of Tampa

Photo courtesy of Animal Coalition of Tampa

Bulluck and her family found the missing kitty, but it was a disturbing discovery. Akila had a 7 inch dart stuck right between her eyes, her ear was cut, and her tail was broken.

Fortunately, Akila was alive. The dart didn’t penetrate her skull, which would have meant certain death for the sweet calico kitty. She was taken to the Animal Coalition of Tampa for emergency surgery to remove the dart and is now recovering at home, but in a lot of pain, according to WFLA News Channel 8.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office has opened an animal cruelty investigation and is questioning people in the Riverview neighborhood. If you have any information that could help lead to an arrest, please contact Hillsborough County Sheriffs or WFLA 8 on Your Side.


UPDATE: There is now a $500 Reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for injuring Akila. The Bulluck family and the Sphynx community are currently collecting more money to increase the reward amount.



  1. kathy landgreen

    Jan 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    it is sad what who ever did this to a poor cat like that.

  2. Barbara Felton

    Jan 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Please do all possible to find this lowlife and punish him for his terrible animal cruelty towards this innocent kitty.

  3. kara

    Jan 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    they will never find who did it..just like all animals cases i dont agree with what happend but cant stand all

    • Cindy

      Jan 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Am sorry, but am a lil confused by your statement? Why are you even on a site, for Cat Lovers, if you cannot even stand Cats??? What is your purpose here? Please clarify?

      • Rhonda

        Jan 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

        I am right their with you. Why are you on this site then.

    • Andrea

      Jan 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

      The cat didn’t stray far. Door-to-door inquiries are highly likely to find the person who did this, as it’s got to be some creep that folks in the neighborhood already had concerns about. Kids and other people who know this lowlife will turn him in.

      Most people actually have compassion for helpless injured creatures, even if they personally wouldn’t have one as their own pet. You could learn from them.

  4. jim

    Jan 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    That looks like a crossbow bolt.

  5. Cindy

    Jan 9, 2015 at 9:41 am

    This is a horrible thing to happen, yet again, to an innocent animal. I support stiffer cival penalties , for anyone who commits this kind of an atrocious act , on an animal! I hope someone steps forward, with information! !

  6. barbara fabian

    Jan 9, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    They may brag and then they could get their sorry sadistic hateful ass in big trouble!!!Lets hope they are DUMB enough to get caught
    ! I love cats they have so much Love too give and the deserve respect!!!

  7. Vivian Gonzalez

    Jan 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Poor cat. I don’t really like cats am a dog lover but it’s still very cruel what someone did to this poor cat.

  8. Marilyn

    Jan 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    No animal that is defenseless should be abused. They depend on us for their feed and water & a comfortable place to sleep. -There is Karma and I pray these perverts are the recipient of it ssomeday. I hope law enforcement continue in this case & put the criminals where they belong – in a cage with no food,water,or cleanliness.

  9. Maggie

    Jan 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I hope they catch the idiot that did this! This is so sad! Prayers to Akira and her family!

  10. Heidi

    Jan 13, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Thank God, it looks like he moved his head in just the right angle to mis going through his scull. I hope he heals fast and the ass who shot him, well I hope he gets his.

  11. Edith

    Jan 14, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    What a F**** ass***…kill those f**** people who harms the poor helpless animals …

  12. lysandra

    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Yes why is she even on this page this is a cat lover page.

  13. mitzikc

    Jan 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Such ignorant meanies

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