$5,000 Reward Offered for Help in Nabbing Cat Shooter

PETA Calls for Apprehension of Person or Persons Who Shot Cat With Dart

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2016

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Amarillo, Texas – Amarillo police received a harrowing call on Tuesday that led them to an injured stray cat who had been shot in the eye with a blow dart. They rushed her to a veterinarian, where she underwent surgery to remove her eye. An eyewitness who initially spotted the cat said that she’d found her with a dart lodged in her leg several weeks ago and had removed it but never reported the incident to police.

Authorities have yet to make any arrests in connection with the case, and Richard Havens, director of the Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare Department, told PETA that tips from the community will be crucial in finding the perpetrator. That’s why PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

“This cat has likely suffered at least two traumatic injuries at the hands of this cruel person, and she is lucky to be alive today,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that the attacker can be held responsible for his or her crimes—and before anyone else gets hurt.”

Anyone with information about this case should contact Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400.


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