May 14, 2016
Two different cats found in the same general area in St. Clair County, Illinois are recovering after being found with very similar wounds. Both had identical pink arrows, leading authorities to believe a serial animal abuser is responsible, Fox 2 News reported May 13. A $3,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
The first cat, Arrow, was found with an arrow through his midsection May 6 on a property near Caseyville. Arrow was brought to Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital for surgery. On Friday another cat was brought in by St. Clair County Animal Control with an identical arrow, this time through the leg. Partners4Pets Illinois posted about “Archer” on their Facebook community page Saturday stating
“We will continue to work with law enforcement to hold the person responsible for these unspeakable acts of cruelty. As of right now, Archer is resting, but he’s scared. Dr. Jacob and the entire medical team at Horseshoe Lake Animal Hospital are doing everything possible for both Archer and Arrow. Arrow continues to battle an infection.”
A $3,000 reward has been offered for the arrest and conviction of the person that shot Arrow. The police do have a person of interest and are asking for help from the community. It’s believed there are more cats out there who are injured.
Archer showed signs of walking around for a week before being found by and taken for treatment. Please notify the St. Clair County Sheriff Dept. at 618-277-3505 if you have information. Someone out there knows something, and this person needs to be stopped. Animal cruelty of this nature is considered a felony in Illinois.
Partners4Pets estimates medical expenses for both cats to be over $3,000. Archer’s veterinarian has already informed them the poor kitty may have to undergo amputation of the injured leg, as the bone was shattered by the arrow. Donations can be made via Paypal.