Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Not disclosed - male, 19 cat shot 17 times in the head

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

February 2, 2014  
Not disclosed - male, 20 cat shot 17 times in the head

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

February 2, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    1 cat Alleged  

A cat is recovering in Sarnia, Ont. after being shot in the head with a pellet gun 17 times.

A southwestern Ontario humane society is asking for the public's help in identifying those responsible for what they're calling a "horrific animal cruelty" case.

Sarnia and District Humane Society manager Donna Pyette says a male cat was brought to them on Sunday with 17 pellet gun shots in his head.

Pyette says the injured cat -- that has since been named Joe -- was spotted on February 2nd in the Bright's Grove, a community just east of Sarnia, by a man on his way home from church.

The Sarnia District Human Society says they are trying to keep the cat in stable condition so they can remove the bullets lodged in his head.

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Pyette says the cat is in stable condition and being treated with pain medications, fluids and antibiotics at a veterinary hospital.  She said they are hoping he will be strong enough by early next week to undergo surgery to remove some or all of the pellets lodged in his head.  However, she says Joe will lose one of his eyes due to irreparable damage from his injuries.

Pyette said she visited the cat at the veterinary clinic on February 3rd and he was "purring up a storm" despite the intravenous tube and having his head shaved.

The humane society has received "tons of donations" from across Canada, and as far away as Denver, to help with what is expected to be a $5,000 bill for Joe's care, she said.

Pyette also said the humane society has seen a rise in animal cruelty cases this year, with 38 last month compared to "20 to 25" in January 2013.

The humane society believes someone held the cat or immobilized him somehow before he was shot with the pellet gun, Pyette said.

Update 2/6/14:
The Police are now involved in the investigation of a southwestern Ontario animal cruelty case in which a cat was shot 17 times in the head with a pellet gun.

Constable Les Jones says Sarnia police have teamed up with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to run a joint investigation.

Jones says anyone with information is urged to contact the Sarnia and District Humane Society, Crime Stoppers or Sarnia police.

He says a cash reward -- over and above what's typically offered through Crime Stoppers -- is being offered by members of the public for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect or suspects. 

The humane society says the cat is stable despite losing an eye and continues to progress well under the care of veterinarians.
It is hoped the cat named "Joe" will be strong enough by early next week to undergo surgery to remove some or all of the 17 pellets lodged in his head.

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Update 2/14/14:
A 19-year-old Sarnia man, who was arrested last week in connection to the case, was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing on Wednesday.
He is facing two counts of animal cruelty, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

Update 2/19/14:
Activists gathered outside the Sarnia courthouse as a second arrest was made in connection with the incident. Celine Moreau explains.

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A second man has been arrested in connection to an animal cruelty case involving a cat in southwestern Ontario that suffered from as many as 17 pellet wounds to the head.

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