A pet cat died after it was shot with an arrow Thursday night outside its home, leaving its owners scared for their child and other cat and police in Blackstone, Massachusetts, offering a reward to catch the person who fired the arrow.
Owners Ingersoll and Braylin Allen said when their 8-year-old cat Lilly came inside their home around 6:30 p.m., they realized something was very wrong.
"I opened the slide door and he was walking up the steps and I heard something hitting the steps," Ingersoll Allen said.
After calling police, officers determined the cat had been shot by a foot-long arrow.
"Through a rib, through maybe his stomach or lung and it went out the other side, so it was a full puncture, it was in him," Ingersoll Allen said.
Despite rushing the cat to Tufts Animal Hospital in Grafton, Lilly had to be euthanized.
Now the couple fears for the safety of their other cat and their three-year-old daughter.
"I don’t want to even think about bringing Maisy outside, she's in the yard, stuff like that scares me now and it shouldn't – that somebody like that’s around," Braylin Allen said.
Other area residents who walk a local bike path and play in a nearby playground – just steps from where Lilly was likely shot by the arrow – say they feel uneasy.
"I think that's horrible. Why would anybody ever want to do anything like that to a poor, defenseless animal," asked Sue Pember who walks the bike path. "I can't imagine."
Blackstone police said the arrow was possibly fired from a crossbow. They're asking anyone with any information about the incident to contact them at 508-883-1212. A $500 reward is being offered leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
"Considering I have three cats, I think that’s absolutely disgusting and I hope the person gets prosecuted to the full extent," Michael Pelletier of Blackstone said.