A reward is growing for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a cat with an arrow. The Nebraska Humane Society would also like to identify the owner.
The gray, domestic long-haired neutered male, approximately 1-year-old, was found near South 68th and Pacific Street Wednesday afternoon. The arrow was surgically removed and additional surgery may be needed.
"I am glad the cat didn't die, because cats are my favorite pet," said Lillie Bigelow. She lives in the neighborhood where the gray cat was found wounded. Lillie owns two cats of her own.
Her grandfather, Jerry Bigelow, said the arrow is not the first case of abuse in this neighborhood.
Pointing to their two cats he said, "The white one got shot through the foot, all the way through it like this with a BB gun. Then it got hit in the back end."
Bigelow's next door neighbor, Wayne Moore, was appalled when he heard the news of the gray feline.
"We got some kind of cat haters here," said Moore. "Animals are pretty defenseless."
The Nebraska Humane Society’s Mark Langan said, “Obviously this cat suffered a lot by getting an arrow shot through it. There’s no reason in the world why anybody who finds a cat in their yard has to shoot it with an arrow. If you don’t want the cat the in your yard shoo it out or call us at the Nebraska Humane Society.”
The Humane Society initially offered a $1,000 reward, but an anonymous donor has come forward to make the reward $2,000. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the NHS at 402-444-7800 extension 1. You may remain anonymous.
Langan said, “We want to prosecute the person. It’s a crime to shoot a cat with an arrow causing the cat to suffer. We want to find the person, take him to court and bring him to justice.”