The animal rights organization the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has increased its reward from $5,000 to now upwards of $8,000 for information regarding last month’s deadly shooting of a cat in Kailua-Kona.
The incident happened in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant at the Kona Commons shopping center on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The 5-year-old tabby was found paralyzed after being shot with a two-foot long arrow. The cat had to be euthanized because its injuries were so bad.
There have been reports of other cats being tortured and poisoned in the area.
“Cats and dogs feel pain just like we do,” said PETA spokesperson Katerina Davidovich, “and this cat was surely in agony, paralyzed and bleeding profusely from an arrow in his body.
“It’s likely someone witnessed him being shot, which is why we’re offering this reward, urging anyone who has info to contact the police before this cat’s abuser hurts someone else.”
If you have any information about this incident, call either the Hawaii Police Dept. at 808- 935-3311 or the Hawaii Island Humane Society at 808-329-1175.