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Chance the Cat Survives 15 BB Gun Shots

Doctors said the shock of the attack left Chance blind, but they're hoping he'll regain his eyesight as he heals

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    An 8-month-old cat survived 15 BB gun shots. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017. (Published Friday, April 28, 2017)

    An eight-month-old kitten is recovering after being shot 15 times with a BB gun earlier this week.

    The stray feline came in to Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital with multiple puncture wounds, all of them aimed at his head, according to hospital officials. Five BB gun pellets went through the cat's skull; surgeons were able to remove all but one, which was too deeply embedded. 

    Hospital workers have named the cat "Chance" because he miraculously survived the attack. Veterinarians said that cats are normally quick to run away once they've been attacked, raising questions about how 15 shots were fired at the kitten. 

    "We would think he would have ran, so it's a possibility that he could've been held down or tied down," Dr. Janie Guirguis said. "But we're not sure."

    Chance was found hovering under a truck just a few blocks from the Nohl Ranch Animal Hospital in Orange County, California.

    Doctors said the shock of the attack left Chance blind, but they're hoping he'll regain his eyesight as he heals.

    Chance will continue to recover before Nohl Ranch begins searching for a suitable home.

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