$5,000 Reward For Info Leading To Cat Shooter

The cat was taken care of by the community and was well cared for, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
The cat was taken care of by the community and was well cared for, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

HOWELL – Alley Cat Allies is offering up a sizable reward for any information that will lead police to the individual(s) responsible for a recent incident where a cat was shot with a crossbow arrow in Howell.

  Alley Cat Allies is offering a $5,000 reward to help catch the culprit.

  “There are well-known links between animal cruelty and human violence, so this is a crime that must be taken seriously,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.

  On May 6, an animal cruelty incident was reported to police stating that an injured animal was found on the 600 block of Casino Drive. Once on the scene, police discovered an adult cat that was “shot directly in the face with a crossbow bolt,” stated a post by the Monmouth County SPCA.

  Animal control and the Humane Law Enforcement Division were contacted and the cat was transported to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls.

  According to the SPCA, the cat, named Kitty Luck, is recovering well after undergoing surgery to remove the arrow. Investigators believe the cat is an outdoor community cat.

  Howell Police are still searching for the person responsible for this incident. “Help us find the lowlife who committed such a cowardly act to this innocent animal,” stated police to their social media page.

  “We take animal cruelty cases very seriously in Monmouth County,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said. “This investigation is a priority for us, and we are committed to securing justice in this case. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, along with Howell Police Department, are urging anyone with information regarding this case to come forward to assist the ongoing investigation.” 

  Anyone with information can contact the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Animal Cruelty Hotline at 877-898-7297; the Monmouth County SPCA at 732-542-0040; or the Howell Township Police at 732-938-4111.

  “Every animal deserves to be protected and safe from animal cruelty,” Robinson said. “Cruelty to animals is unacceptable.”

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