A teen in Blackstone, Massachusetts, has been charged with two felony animal cruelty counts for allegedly shooting and killing a cat with an arrow. According to a release from the Blackstone Police Department, an investigation was instigated after the pet cat was found shot on August 1.
The authorities received a call at 7 p.m. on Thursday about the injured cat, who was found on Old Mendon Street. The cat was taken to two veterinary hospitals for care, but the injuries were so extensive that the feline had to be humanely euthanized.
Tips led the authorities to a 17-year-old male who is believed to be responsible for killing the cat, reports WCVB News. The unnamed teen is facing two felony charges, in addition to two misdemeanor charges: discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and discharging a firearm near a highway.
In a subsequent release, the department recounted details of the investigation and arrest:
At about 10 a.m. today, after receiving several tips from residents, Blackstone Police executed a search warrant at the 17-YEAR-OLD MALE’S home, which is located not far from where the incident occurred. Police discovered a bow and several arrows matching the one that killed the cat.
“I want to commend Blackstone Police and the Blackstone Valley Drug & Anti Crime Task Force for their dedication to this case,” Chief Gilmore said. “Through the public’s assistance, we were able to identify, locate and bring this individual to justice.”
(Image via Blackstone Police Department)
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