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Reward offered for info on twp. cat shooter

The Beman arrow used in attack. (click for larger version)
November 17, 2010 - After more than 20 years in the Oakland County Animal Control Division, Joanie Toole has seen her share of animals in distress.

But earlier this month, Toole, who now serves as the administrative supervisor for OCACD admits animal suffering has reached a new low.

"I've had geese with arrows stuck in them flying around," said Toole. "But this was the first cat stuck with an arrow."

The Oakland County Animal Control Division is seeking the public's help in its investigation to identify who shot a cat with an arrow in Brandon Township that ultimately led to its death. The cat, found by a resident near Briar Ridge and Oakwood roads on Nov. 9, was a 1-year-old domesticated shorthaired male. The cat appeared to be shot with the arrow some time ago because the wounds were badly infected.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is now offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting a cat with an arrow in the township.

"Unfortunately, the cat had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries," said Toole. "The residents who found it said the cat was sitting there and was very laid back. I really wish the person who did this would have at the very least killed the cat rather than just wounding it. This had to be a very painful death."

Toole said the HSUS will issue a reward and are very serious about prosecution.

"I hope who ever did this will do the right thing and turn himself in to police. Please come to justice."

Toole said the arrow recovered was a Beman brand, dark gray graphite arrow with two white feathers and one green feather. The arrow was equipped with a removable field or target tip.

The cat was found in the Oakwood and Briar Ridge area of the township.

"While we are uncertain it may have been a deer hunter, there's a good chance because bow season was in full swing at the time," Toole said.

Information: 248-858-8964.

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