SPCA Offers Reward For Information In Pet Death

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 23, 2012 Updated Jul 23, 2012 at 6:38 PM EDT

Erie County, NY - (Gina Browning, SPCA Director of Public Relations) - The SPCA Serving Erie County is investigating the events leading to the death of a 5-year-old Lackawanna cat named Tommy, shot in the forehead with an arrow on Thursday, July 19. A $500 reward is being offered for information on the person who may have been responsible for shooting the cat.

Tommy, an indoor/outdoor cat, was let out of his Elm Street home at approximately 7:30 am Thursday. He was spotted at two different times later in the day, once in a neighbor's driveway, once in his own yard.

At approximately 2:30 pm, Tommy was found in his yard with an arrow shot through his forehead. The cat was alive, and rushed by his owners to Elmwood Small Animal Hospital. There, it was determined the cat be euthanized for humane reasons.

On July 20, members of the SPCA Serving Erie County Veterinary Department performed a necropsy on the cat, and the Animal Cruelty Investigation agents launched an investigation to find the person responsible for the shooting.

Those with information on who may have been responsible for shooting the cat with an arrow are encouraged to call the SPCA on a special hotline set up for this particular case: 716-629-3502. Officers will respond to anonymous tips. The $500 reward will be offered to the caller who provides information leading to the arrest of the alleged shooter.

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