Rohnert Park cat shot by hunting arrow

A family pet was shot with a hunting arrow while wandering around a Rohnert Park neighborhood and police are asking for the public's help to find the culprit.|

A Rohnert Park family's cat was shot with a hunting arrow this week while wandering around the neighborhood, and police are asking for the public's help to find the culprit.

Cherie and Jim Wheeler live on Evelyn Avenue in Rohnert Park with two cats, two dogs, and two teenagers. On Wednesday, their 2-year-old cat Steph, a gray and white long-haired rescue named after Steph Curry, came home with a hole in his leg and a lump in his chest. They rushed him to the vet, and he is expected to survive.

“I thought he had jumped and been stabbed by a tree, and it was a branch inside his chest,” Cherie said. “(The vet) pulled it out, and it was a hunting arrow tip, used for turkey hunting.”

Steph is home now, resting, a drain tube in his chest and a protective cone around his neck.

“We're very upset, obviously,” Cherie said.

The Rohnert Park police told her no other cases of animals being shot have been reported.

“I don't know if it will happen again, but hopefully everyone will be aware and keep an eye out,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rohnert Park Police Department at 584-2600 or the Wheelers at 479-7596.

You can reach Staff Writer Christi Warren at 521-5205 or On Twitter @SeaWarren.

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