Vet Ponies Up Reward to Catch Cat Abuser


For the last week, a Michigan veterinarian has been treating a cat for injuries he suffered when he was shot through the face and neck with an arrow. But he wanted to do more than heal the cat’s body; he wanted to help bring justice.

So Dr. Bruce Langlois of the Animal Hospital in Lowell, Mich., posted a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter.

The story began last Tuesday night, when a passer-by noticed that one of the stray cats living in her Grand Rapids neighborhood had an arrow stuck through his face.

She rushed the injured feline to an emergency clinic for treatment, where veterinarian Ryan Colburn snipped the ends off the arrow and removed the shaft from the cats body. Fortunately for the cat, the arrow, which had pierced his face, neck, and shoulder, had missed any major structures and organs.

It was very lucky, Colburn said.

At this point, Carol Manos, the executive director of nonprofit organization Carol’s Ferals, got involved. She took the cat, who had earned the moniker Bow, to the Animal Hospital in Lowell, Mich., where veterinarian Dr. Bruce Langlois took over his care.

I dont know what kind of sick people get their jollies this way, Manos said. This was no accident. Its obvious it was done on purpose.”

People outraged at the crime committed against Bow launched a Facebook page called Justice for Bow, and a donation campaign that has raised more than $3,200 to date.

Michigan singer-songwriter Casey Stratton, who was “horrified” when he found out about the crime, wrote a “Song for Bow” to help raise money and awareness.

Manos said any money donated above the cost of Bow’s care will be applied to the general fund at her nonprofit, which works to reduce the feral cat population in West Michigan.

As of Tuesday morning, the Justice for Bow Facebook page had more than 3,900 “likes.” But the person who found and rescued Bow wasn’t very optimistic that the “sick person who did this” would be found. “I hold no hopes of that ever coming to pass in this neighborhood,” they wrote.

Langlois said it’s fairly common for cats to become victims of weapon attacks. But he hopes that the reward he’s offering will help turn the odds in favor of justice.

“I think there’s a real good chance somebody is going to turn that person in,” he said. “I can’t imagine that they were alone when it happened.”

Bow is expected to make a full recovery, and Manos expects to find an adoptive home for him as soon as he’s finished healing up.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Kent County Animal Shelter at 616-632-7300.

[Source: Grand Rapids Press]

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