Re­ward in cat abuse case in­creased to $8K thanks to ‘con­cerned cit­i­zen’

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS - By CAMERON MICULKA Email Cameron Miculka at cmiculka@ west­hawai­ito­

KAILUA-KONA — An anony­mous donor in­creased the re­ward to $8,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and con­vic­tion of the per­son or peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for shoot­ing a cat with an ar­row.

The cat, an 8-pound tabby and white male, was found Dec. 20 off Makala Boule­vard near the main en­trance to Tar­get in Kailu­aKona. The an­i­mal was re­ported to have had a 2-foot hunt­ing ar­row through its body.

The an­i­mal didn’t have any iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in­di­cat­ing own­er­ship and was later eu­th­a­nized.

At the be­gin­ning of the month, Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals is­sued a re­ward of up to $5,000 for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the as­sailant’s ar­rest and con­vic­tion.

A PETA cam­paigner said the or­ga­ni­za­tion reg­u­larly re­ceives calls about re­ported abuse na­tion­wide and of­fers re­wards when it thinks it could incentivize some­one to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

On Fri­day, PETA an­nounced the award was in­creased to $8,000 “thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from a con­cerned cit­i­zen who does not wish to be rec­og­nized.”

Roxy O’Neal, Kona shel­ter man­ager for the Hawaii Is­land Hu­mane So­ci­ety, said her agency was pleased to see a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion such as PETA step up and of­fer a re­ward to find the per­pe­tra­tor.

She said it also demon­strates that an­i­mal abuse is an is­sue be­ing taken se­ri­ously.

How­ever, she said there haven’t been any tips lead­ing to wit­nesses or fur­ther­ing the case. She also said there haven’t been any new re­ports of an­i­mal abuse from the area where the cat was found.

Po­lice said ear­lier this month that an of­fi­cer who re­sponded to the scene ini­ti­ated a cru­elty to an­i­mals in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but they had no new leads to pur­sue. Po­lice wel­come any tips.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call the Po­lice Depart­ment’s non­emer­gency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stop­pers at 961-8300. Peo­ple also can con­tact HIHS at 329-1175.

PETA is of­fer­ing a sep­a­rate re­ward of up to $5,000 in the case of an­other cat that was in­jured with an ar­row on Oahu.

In that case, a cat was found with an ar­row through its shoul­der blade, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by KHON. The TV news sta­tion re­ported that po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case as first-de­gree an­i­mal cru­elty and the cat, be­ing cared for at the Hawai­ian Hu­mane So­ci­ety, is ex­pected to re­cover.

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