Cat shot with arrow dies, Go Fund Me account raises reward money to find suspect
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A cat shot with an arrow has died, and the incident is galvanizing the local animal rights movement.
A Go Fund Me account has been established to raise money for veterinarian costs and reward money to find the suspect.
“My sister and nieces cat was shot with an arrow and unfortunately did not make it, they had to put him down,” wrote Shannon Green, the cat owner’s sister who started the Go Fund Me page.
“I want to help cover the cost of the vet bills and use any additional to post a reward to catch the sick person who did this.”
So far, $300 toward a $1,000 goal has been raised.
The owner of the cat is now also offering a reward.
“I am now offering a $500 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person that shot my baby. He is doing much better and Dr. was able to save his leg. He gets his stitches taken out today. I need the person who did this to pay for what they have done. So, please help me bring them to justice no matter how you feel about me letting my cat outside. Thank you," the owner said.
Meanwhile, vets in Middletown with Joseph’s Legacy who worked to treat the cat said this has prompted them take the fight against animal abuse to the state lawmakers in the Ohio House of Representatives.
“I want to say that we’re in court at least - roughly once a month and that’s really not good for a rescue. That’s not a goal,” Katherine Hartong said.
Hartong is a dog foster and legal advocate for Joseph’s Legacy in Butler County.
She said the rescue has seen far too much abuse of the animals and not enough consequences for those responsible.
“We’re working on trying to get that changed. We’ve been in contact with the Ohio House trying to make the laws a little tougher. Most states are at three to five years max penalties. We’re kind of conservative and we’re sitting at one,” she said.
If whoever is responsible for the arrow in the cat’s back is found, Hartong said there’s a good chance the penalties will not match the crime.
“You know, the way the law is written, chances are they wouldn’t get much time. There’s just not enough... it seems like the slap on the wrist kind of deal,” she said.
If you know anything about this latest case of animal abuse, contact the Butler County Dog Warden: 513-785-1000.
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