Cat shot with bow and arrow in Gloucester dies, animal control says

Posted at 11:02 AM, Jul 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 18:21:45-04

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.

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