Cat found near high school with arrow barely missing his heart; tips needed from the public
RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (October 24, 2012) — RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization based in Sacramento, California, is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot a seven-month-old black kitten with an arrow near a Rancho Cordova school.
On the evening of Sunday, October 14, an animal control officer responded to a report that a cat had an arrow through it and was wandering near the intersection of Chase Drive and Brenda Way, across the street from Cordova High School. The officer captured the cat and brought it to a veterinary clinic, where an x-ray revealed that the arrow had just barely missed the cat’s heart. The veterinary clinic treated the cat and transferred him to recover at the Sacramento SPCA. The Sacramento SPCA released the cat, now named Beau, to Save Our Cats and Kittens (SOCKS), a Rancho Cordova-based cat rescue group.
A study conducted by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University showed that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violence against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes and three times more likely to be involved in drunken or disorderly offenses.
“We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about this cruel and illegal act to come forward with information that could lead to an arrest,” said RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so Rancho Cordova residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this senseless act is punished to the full extent of the law.”
“After all that Beau has been through and the miracle of surviving this horrific attack, I am determined to give him a bright future,” said Scottie Moore, SOCKS President and Founder. “Beau deserves justice for what was done to him.” For more information about adopting Beau, visit www.rcsocks.org.
RedRover pledges rewards around the country to encourage witnesses to step forward with information about animal cruelty crimes and to highlight the need for harsher punishments in such cases.
Founded in 1987, RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and strengthening the bond between people and animals through a variety of programs, including emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. The RedRover Readers program aims to prevent animal cruelty before it happens through its unique community-based literacy approach, which helps children increase their level of empathy for people and pets through stories and discussion. Learn more about RedRover and its programs at www.redrover.org.
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