VERSAILLES, Mo. — A Versailles-area adult was arrested Tuesday night in the case of two adult cats who were found shot with arrows on Sept. 10.

Animal abuse charges are expected for this person, and the Humane Society of Missouri is recommending prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. Charges of felony animal abuse carry a jail sentence of up to four years and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for each count.

The cats, 2-year-old males named Patches and Licorice, were shot in their necks with the arrows exiting or protruding near the shoulders. They were treated for pain and infection at the office of a local veterinarian and then transferred to HSMO headquarters where they have continued to receive care.

Patches, who had the larger wound, is still in danger of losing a leg as a result of the injuries he sustained. Licorice has nerve damage along the path of the arrow which may or may not resolve as he recovers.

The hope is that both cats will eventually be rehabilitated and adopted.

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office worked together on this investigation.

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VERSAILLES, Mo. — Patches and Licorice were found with arrows shot through their necks.

The 2-year-old male cats are being treated for pain and infection by a Morgan County veterinarian, who says Patches may lose a leg.

The felines will eventually go to the Humane Society of Missouri’s St. Louis headquarters for further rehabilitation and adoption.

The Humane Society is investigating the incident and is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for injuring the cats.

You can contact the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at 573-378-5481with helpful information.

Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, said, “We are committed to vigorously pursuing this case and will recommend prosecution to the fullest extent of the law. There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of cruelty to animals.”

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