May 17, 2016
A Coeur d’Alene, Idaho cat is recovering after being shot in the head with a dart, WCNC News reported May 16. Now authorities are searching for a suspect after a cat named Red was found injured in the neighborhood of North 8th Street and East Birch Avenue.
Red was found hiding May 12 outside of their home by his owners, Carson Kelley and Katelyn Halpin. The 4-inch blowgun dart missed his brain by point five centimeters, going in right above his eye. After finding their injured kitty, Katelyn took to Facebook, where she learned people in the neighborhood have been finding blowgun darts stuck in car tires, front door and on their lawns.
Since Red was found injured, residents in the area are afraid to allow their cats to go outside until this person is caught. Katelyn says Red is a cat who sticks close to home and doesn’t understand why anyone would want to hurt him. Thankfully, he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Katelyn stated in an interview with WCNC
“Whoever it is they have malicious intent they’re going after animals. This is very scary because we’re right next to an elementary school and there’s someone going around shooting these specialty-ordered blowgun darts and it needs to stop and I really would like to know who is doing this.”
Katelyn spoke with Fox28 News saying
“I was just in a panic because I thought it was in his brain and it was just the last piece keeping him alive. This is unacceptable, These are weapons and someone is just shooting them around the neighborhood. What’s going to happen next?”
It’s unknown at this time as to where this person purchased the blowgun but was most likely bought the specialty ordered darts in a martial arts store or online. The Coeur d’Alene Police Department reported local animal control is filing a report with detectives and Red’s family is working with animal control to help find who shot their cat. Anyone with information should contact the Coeur d’Alene Police Department at (208) 769-2320.