PETA Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 in Cat-Shooting Case

For Immediate Release:
December 10, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Pulaski, Va, – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible for shooting a black cat with an arrow and injuring him so grievously that he had to be euthanized. The cat, who was estimated to be between 1 and 2 years old, was found on December 6 in the 100 block of Madison Avenue with an arrow through his shoulder, all the way to the chest cavity.

“This horrific attack is a stark reminder of the dangers that cats face when they’re left outdoors unprotected,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that the shooter of this cat can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that cats should never be let outdoors unattended. Those who are allowed to roam outside may contract diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, or be harmed by cruel humans, as in this case.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Rick Riddle of the Pulaski Police Department at 540-994-8609.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s work for animals, please visit or follow the group on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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