The Missouri Humane Society is pursuing an investigation into two presumably related animal cruelty cases, while at the same time letting the public know that such cases deserve to be taken seriously. The organization is offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot two cats in the neck with arrows in Versailles, MO. The case is being publicized as of today, and HSMO asks that that word of the crime and the reward be widely shared with people in the area where the attacks occurred, both to alert the public to the dangerous person and to reach as many people as possible in the hope that someone with information will come forward . The date when the cats were found has not been released, but the attacks occurred recently.
HSMO wrote the following at their website:
Responding to a call from law enforcement officials in Morgan County, the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating a report of two adult cats found shot with arrows in Versailles, MO. Both cats were shot in the neck with the arrows exiting or protruding near the shoulder.
The Humane Society of Missouri is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for injuring the cats. Persons with information should contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, 573-378-5481.
The cats, both 2-year-old males named Patches and Licorice, are now in treatment for pain and infection at the office of a local veterinarian who cautions that Patches may lose a leg as a result of the injuries he sustained. Eventually, Patches and Licorice will be transferred to HSMO headquarters in St. Louis for further rehabilitation and, hopefully, eventual adoption.
“We are committed to vigorously pursuing this case and will recommend prosecution to the fullest extent of the law,” said Mike Perkins, director of HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Task Force. “There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of cruelty to animals.”
If you would like to donate toward Patches and Licorice’s care, please make a secure donation online or call (314) 951-1542.