SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- A defenseless cat is attacked in a senseless crime, but is showing she's too tough to give up. The cat, named "Amazing Grace," was found last week with a nail buried in her forehead.
"She was extremely dehydrated and depressed," says veterinarian Dr. Pat Saulsbury.
Those were the smaller problems when Grace arrived at the Siouxland Animal Hospital last Wednesday.
Dr. Steven Merritt says, "First thought is, 'Wow, how could a cat possibly survive a nail -- a 3-and-a-half-inch nail -- through its skull?'"
"Just a hair away from the brain," Saulsbury said.
Doctors say Grace was under a car on Center Street for three days before a neighbor finally took notice and called Animal Control.
"I've never seen anything like this and still have the cat be alive and still to be purring and meowing and eating and doing everything a cat would normally do," said Animal Control director Cindy Rarrat.
Once Grace arrived, the doctors waited two days before removing the nail. Their first focus was getting her acclimated to medications and working on her eye, which has corneal damage, likely from air coming out of the nail gun she was attacked with. Then, on Friday, Doctors Saulsbury and Merritt tackled the more obvious ailment.
"We used a type of needle holder and then we gently backed the nail out of its entry," Saulsbury said.
Grace was asleep for the three-minute surgery, but it didn't take long for her to bounce back.
Saulsbury says, "Half hour, 45 minutes later, she was nibbling on a little bit of canned food and purring and asking for attention."
And she's only been improving since. The doctors eventually expect Grace to be good as new, but say she may lose sight in her left eye.
Despite the attack, she's still friendly and trusting, which is all the more troubling for those wondering why Grace was attacked in the first place.
"Somebody had to be responsible for this and if we find them, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," Rarrat said.
Officials are still looking for who committed the crime, and are offering a $3,500 reward for information. If you have any leads on the case, give Sioux City Crimestoppers a call at 258-TIPS.