PLACERVILLE — The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for shooting a bolt (arrow) into the head of a cat on the evening of Dec. 20, 2011, in the 500 block of Sunlight Drive in Diamond Springs.
The Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills has also added $3,000 to the reward.
“Our officers have been investigating the case but we have not come up with any solid leads yet,” said Henry Brzezinski, chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “At this point we believe this was an intentional act and we want to find out who is responsible. Studies show that people who commit acts of animal cruelty are more likely to also commit violent crimes against people.”
The cat shot with the crossbow, a 4-year-old male Tabby named Taz, received emergency veterinary treatment following the incident and now appears to be doing well, according to Brzezinski.
Animal Services is asking for assistance from the community to help in the investigation.
“We want to thank the HSUS and HSSF for offering the rewards and hope that this will motivate someone to step forward,” said Brzezinski.
Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Services at (530) 621-5795.