A cat named Opie was credited with saving the life of a 3-year-old Pennsylvania boy after the feline was hit by a bullet.
The incident occurred last Thursday morning when the stray bullet went through a window in Angelica Sipe’s home in York.
“It took me a second to realize what just happened. The first thing I did was check on my son and he was sound asleep. Then I saw my cat on the floor and that’s when I realized my cat was shot,” Sipe said.
The bullet went in the couch and then hit Opie, who was laying there. “It came in the top of his head, out the bottom of his neck, and back into his shoulder and out his armpit rib area,” said Sipe.
And it didn’t stop there. The bullet ricocheted.
Bullet holes in Sipe’s couch showed where it hit the couch that Sipe was sleeping on. The bullet then flew across the room to a love seat and lodged in a pillow, just inches from her young son Daemire.
“It could have been my son,” said Sipe as she teared up. She is convinced Opie saved her son by taking the bullet, and she knew she had to save his life too.
Although he has some muscle damage Opie is expected to be OK. He was treated at an emergency clinic and underwent surgery. He has a drainage tube and stitches.
“I wanted to keep him. He was my son’s little hero, so I need to keep him around,” she said.
Opie’s vet bills have nearly reached $1,000 and he has a follow-up appointment scheduled for Monday.