Hairless Florida cat survives being shot in head with arrow Akila the Sphynx cat is doing well after having an arrow surgically removed from her head Wednesday morning. The purebred was shot overnight by an unknown assailant who is being sought on animal cruelty charges. The large arrow found lodged in Akila's head Wednesday morning missed the Florida cat's skull by only millimeters. The one time Akila the strictly indoor cat went outside, she ended up with an arrow lodged in her head. The purebred Sphynx miraculously survived a horrible ordeal overnight that left her seriously injured following a random attack near her Riverview, Fla., house Tuesday afternoon. Police are testing the arrow for fingerprints to track down whoever is responsible for shooting Akila with either a crossbow or dart gun, the cat’s owner, Tyra Bulluck, told the Daily News. The suspect will face animal cruelty charges. “I can’t believe that a human being is capable of doing this,” Bulluck said. Courtesy Tyra Bulluck Akila the cat in happier times. Enlarge She’s had Akila since she was a kitten and describes her as friendly and talkative. She’s even trained to walk on a leash. Following several sightings by neighbors, Bulluck finally found Akila early Wednesday morning after a chilly night as the 6-year-old cat cowered in the bushes about four houses down with an arrow piercing her forehead. Shaking with fear, she darted away at first, but eventually recognized the voice of Bulluck’s mother and came running back. “When she knew she was with me, she knew that whatever happened to her was over,” Bulluck said. Courtesy Animal Coalition of Tampa Akila was found Wednesday morning with the arrow in her head after going missing Tuesday from her Riverview, Fla., home. Enlarge Courtesy Animal Coalition of Tampa Owner Tyra Bulluck holds Akila at the Animal Coalition of Tampa on Wednesday morning before surgery to have an arrow removed from the cat's head. Enlarge In her owner’s arms, the yowling feline was rushed to the Animal Coalition of Tampa and sedated for surgery to remove the offending arrow that nearly killed Akila. “It was just fortunate that if it had been a millimeter or more that cat would have died,” Karen Hubby, of the Tampa animal hospital, told the News. Akila is now recovering at home following the 45-minute operation and isn’t expected to have any hearing problems even though the arrow also tore her ear. “She’s been my baby going on seven years. Wouldn’t trade her for the world,” Bulluck added.