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Tuesday, May 10, 2011County: Kent
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a cat through the face and neck with an arrow in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Case: News reports give the following account: On May 10, in the area of Burton and U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids, a woman found a stray gray and white cat whose face had been pierced by an arrow. The good Samaritan took the cat to Michigan Veterinary Specialists, where they removed the arrow and the cat, now renamed, "Bow," began his recovery process. Veterinarians are hopeful Bow will make a full recovery and will be available for adoption through Carol's Ferals, a Grand Rapids cat rescue organization.
Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.
The HSUS adds to a $500 reward offer by Dr. Bruce Langlois, the veterinarian now caring for Bow, bringing the total to $3000.
"It takes a truly callous person to shoot a gentle cat with an arrow," said Jill Fritz, HSUS Michigan state director. "We are hopeful that this reward will bring forward anyone with information about this heinous crime."
The Investigators: Kent County Animal Control is investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the agency at (616) 632-7300; please state clearly in your message that you are calling with information about the cat arrow shooting case.
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Kent County Animal Control
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