RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — A $5,000 reward is being offered Monday for the arrest of the person who shot an opossum with two arrows, one of which penetrated its head.

The wounded animal was found Friday near Hole and Jones avenues in the La Sierra neighborhood of Riverside. One arrow had penetrated the opossum near its right eye and a second arrow went through its right flank.

It was rushed to a county animal shelter in Jurupa Valley, where a staff veterinarian immediately began surgery to try and save the opossum. It is expected to survive.

Supporters of Wildlife Emergency Services donated enough money to allow the shelter to offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting the opossum.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call (951) 358-7387 or email shelterinfo@rcdas.org.

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