$5,000 Reward Offered for Help Nabbing Cat Shooter

Second Cat Found Shot With Arrow; PETA Seeks Community's Help in Finding Culprit

For Immediate Release:
November 9, 2015

Lakisha Ridley 202-483-7382

Battle Creek, Mich. – When Michigan resident Laurie Sullivan spotted a suffering cat lying in her front yard with an arrow through his neck, she sprang into action, calling her local veterinary office for help. She whisked the cat—now named Lucky—to the clinic, where the arrow was successfully removed on Tuesday. Although Lucky is expected to make a full recovery and is now being cared for by Sullivan, authorities have yet to make any arrests in connection with the case, prompting PETA to offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Last month, another cat was reportedly shot with a crossbow in Eaton County.

“[I]t was hard for me to believe someone would intentionally do this to an animal,” Sullivan told news sources.

“Two cats have already been shot and left to die, suffering and struggling to move with arrows piercing their bodies,” says PETA Senior Director Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this incident to come forward immediately, before anyone else gets hurt.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—also stresses the importance of keeping cats indoors. In addition to being hurt by cruel people, cats who roam outdoors risk contracting communicable diseases, getting lost or injured, getting hit by a vehicle, or being snatched up by “bunchers”—people who steal dogs and cats and sell them for use in experiments.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the Battle Creek Police Department at 269-966-3322.

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