There's a common saying about cats having nine lives. If that's true, then this stray feline is quickly burning through his.
"It was a traumatic day for the cat," said Crystal Byrd who found the cat on her morning drive to work on the Mountain Parkway, outside of Salyersville.
Byrd said she saw the car in front of her hit the cat and send it rolling into the median.
"I nearly hit him, myself," recalled Byrd, "I had to go back."
The self-described animal lover when she got back, it wasn't easy getting to the injured cat.
"It was still trying to get out of these other car's way, and it was so scared."
The animal was alive, but barely according to Byrd. So she scooped up the cat she called Milo and rushed him to a veterinarian in nearby Prestonsburg.
"There were several lacerations on the face and back, and weird scarring on the head," described Byrd.
Later the rescuer learned, that's not all Milo survived.
"The veterinarian did some X-rays and some scans and he called me and told me that the cat had also, on top of being hit by the car, had been shot three times. The head, the spine, and somewhere on the body."
Byrd, an owner of eight cats and six dogs, all rescues, said she can't imagine why someone would harm any animal like that.
"They still don't know if he's going to be alright, it could be internal. He had some head trauma, he was still having a hard time even trying to lift himself up. He was still trying to meow, trying to get up, he has promise."
But that's a good sign for Milo the Miracle Cat, and Byrd is optimistic that tomorrow will be better for the feline after the vet started a round of treatment.
Byrd said she told the vet, Dr. Rudolph Ousley, to take care of the cat and she'd find a way to cover the cost, and if no one comes to claim the feline Byrd added she'd give him a good home at her place. If you'd like to help Milo, Byrd said you can send any donations to Dr. Ousley in Prestonsburg.