PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – A cat found wandering the streets of Palmetto Bay with a dart in his head was returned to his neighborhood safe and sound, as police continue to search for the person who targeted the animal.

Moony is back at home in Palmetto Bay recovering after veterinarians removed a dart from his forehead, Friday.

The cat’s caretaker, Cindy Hewitt, said that Moony is lucky to be alive.

“He has an angel, because none of us can understand how that dart went dead center between his eyes,” she said, “and it does not appear to have caused any significant damage.”

Hewitt said Moony is a community cat and likes to roam around outdoors. “He is happy outside. He has people who love him and care for him and will continue to care for him and feed him,” she said.

A woman who spotted the cat used fried chicken to lure the cat into a cage, Thursday.

The woman took Moony to Miami-Dade Animal Services, where veterinarians treated the wound.

In the meantime, police are looking to see who fired the projectile weapon at the cat.

If you have any information on this case of animal abuse, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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