Update: Suspect Arrested After Cats Shot With Arrows

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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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Puppy in St.Louis May Have Been Burned by Acid – Video

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“OMG…If this was an attack, just what are people lacking in their lives to want to throw acid, or burn an animal, on purpose; so it suffers greatly with pain? If this was an attack & the person or persons were found, then their names & their photo’s should be held in an abuse registry or something similar…because they won’t stop at one dog!!”

NORTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A five-month-old boxer puppy in St. Louis is fighting severe pain and under the care of the Humane Society because of burns on the left side of his body.

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Now investigators with the Humane Society’s Animal Cruelty Task Force are trying to determine if the burns, which appear to be a result of acid, were a horrible crime or an accident.

“From the paw up to the shoulder, from the ear… all the way back down the left side, down to about his mid-chest area,” described Mike Perkins, Humane Society`s director of its Animal Cruelty Task Force.

St. Louis alderman Jeffrey Boyd and his wife spotted the dog Tuesday and called for help. Based on the injuries, veterinarians believe the dog, which they named Sonny after famed boxer Sonny Liston, was burned on Friday.

‘It looked hungry, just unkempt and not cared for,’ described Boyd. ‘It was a shame.’

The dog was also spotted on Saturday but by the time investigators arrived it was nowhere to be found.

One possibility is that acid was thrown on the dog or it could have been involved in a fire.

Either way the Humane Society wants to know what happened.  The burns left an especially disturbing sight on Sonny`s left side.

‘I could see it every day and it still bothers me,’ said Perkins. ‘If they can do this to an animal they can do it to a person. It’s got to be painful.’

Both Perkins and Boyd encourage anyone witnessing animal abuse to call the police.

“If you see anything going on in our neighborhood, report it,” Boyd said.

Sonny is on medication for the pain, but the Humane Society is worried that Sonny could develop an infection.

Anyone with information in this case can contact the Humane Society`s Animal Cruelty Task Force at (314) 647-4400.

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