Southampton police say man suspected of shooting cat with arrow will be charged
SOUTHAMPTON — Police said charges of animal cruelty are pending against a man suspected of shooting a cat in the leg with an arrow. The cat, which belonged to a Grant Avenue resident, had to be euthanized.
“Through the course of the investigation, we came up with a suspect and charges are pending the completion of the investigation,” Police Lt. Michael Goyette said Tuesday.
The cat’s owner, Deborah Sholly of 4 Grant Ave., reported to police Sept. 14 that she returned home from work on the afternoon of Sept. 13 to see her cat limping in the yard with an arrow sticking out of one of his hind legs.
She took the cat to a veterinarian, where he was ultimately put to sleep because the cost of amputating the leg was too great, Sholly said.
“I can’t believe one of my neighbors shot my cat,” she said. “Somebody shot him in the leg with a bow and arrow and he suffered for hours.”
She said the cat, named Kitty, had been a stray that she took in seven years ago.
In addition to local police, Sholly also notified the Environmental Police and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals about the incident, but both organizations told her there was nothing they could do.
According to state law, animal cruelty is a felony punishable by a sentence of up to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
Sholly said that Grant Avenue is a nice, quiet neighborhood.
Rebecca Everett can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.