GLOUCESTER Co., Va. - A cat has died after Gloucester Animal Control says it was shot in the face with a bow and arrow.
Animal Control is calling the incident "disturbing, uncalled for and cruel."
Chief Animal Control Officer Stephen Baranek tells News 3 someone in the area of Timberneck Drive and Providence Road saw the cat and called the department. An officer tried to get the cat, but it went into a pipe.
The officer, along with Chief Baranek, then used a long pole to get the cat out of the pipe before taking it to a veterinarian. After an examination, the cat was euthanized.
Animal Control was not able to say if the cat was a stray or a family pet. They also believe that the cat was shot at least a day before it was found.
Chief Baranek said this is the first time in nearly 20 years he’s seen a cat shot with an arrow. The department is investigating the crime.
Anyone with information that can help find the person responsible is asked to call Animal Control at 804-693-5290.