A young male cat that was shot by an arrow in Saint John, New Brunswick is recovering after surgery.

Saint John SPCA

The brown and white tabby cat was in a tree in the uptown area Tuesday afternoon when it was struck by a steel-tipped arrow. Saint John Police said the cat scrambled out of the tree and ran into a nearby parking lot, where a man found it and called police.

Melody McElman of the Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue said, “The arrow pierced through his lung and blocked his airway.”

The cat underwent surgery Wednesday at the Fundy Animal Hospital and is expected to stay there for the next week to recuperate.

The Telegraph-Journal reports the arrow is in police possession as the investigation continues. There are no suspects at this time.

McElman called the shooting “deliberate, callous and horrendous.”

She said if the cat recovers, the SPCA hopes to find a loving home for it.