SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- A cat shot twice with metal hunting
arrows is expected to survive his wounds, but authorities want to find the
person responsible for the attack before more pets are harmed. The cat's name is Bill, and his owner saw the wounded animal Wednesday
outside his house in Vista. The owner called the North County Humane Society,
and animal workers helped catch the scared and wounded animal.
"It's sickening that somebody could do this to an animal -- a helpless
animal," Eric MacPherson of the Humane Society said. "It's not tolerated.. It's
against the law. This is a felony, so we're going to do the best we can to
prosecute to the full extent."
Bill was taken to the VCA North County Animal Hospital in
Encinitas, where he underwent surgery to remove arrows from his
back and neck. The cat was heavily sedated and getting nutrition
through a feeding tube Thursday morning. Veterinarians at the
hospital said Bill was expected to survive, but the next 24
hours would be critical for his recovery.
Veterinarians said the wound in the cat's neck was infected, so they believe
he had been shot Sunday or Monday.
Officials with the North County Humane Society said they found another similarly
wounded cat in the same Vista neighborhood recently.
The assistant state veterinarian said today he will investigate allegations
from employees at the Humane Society of Weld County that animals were
Keith Roehr said he has received no formal complaint, but
will look into claims that the facility unnecessarily euthanized
animals and failed to sedate them before the legal injection was
given after reading media reports.
One current and several former employees of the Humane
Society made the claims.
Elaine Hicks, the society's executive director, said several
of the people who made the allegations were involved in animal
rescue shelters and were opposed to euthanasia.
Admitted cat killer orderd to work at pet shelter
April 14, 2006
A man who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend's cat has been sentenced to
probation for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service —
at a pet shelter.
Eric Ford, 45, of Tamms, Ill., was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty
to felony animal abuse. He was ordered to fulfill the community service hours
within four months at the Cape Girardeau Humane Society.
In August 2004, Ford's ex-girlfriend was moving out of a home they shared in
Cape Girardeau. Ford picked up the woman's cat, said, "This is what I think of
our love," and threw the animal against a wall, assistant prosecutor Jack
Ford could have faced up to four years in prison. Prosecutors had recommended
60 days in the county jail.
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Sick Dog Sold at Pet Store
April 12, 2006
Smith and her family bought a 10-week-old Welsh-Corgy from Pet
Stop Puppies on Summer Avenue. The day after, Smith says, "She
had an accident in the house, and it had blood in her stool."
She went back to Pet Stop.
"I just wanted them to know they
sold me a sick puppy and take responsibility and take her to the
vet or pay for the vet bills," she says.
Smith says the store manager was
surprisingly rude and refused to help.
She says, "She acted like it was
no big deal she acted like it was a used car. She said, 'you
bought her. She's your problem now.'"
Smith's vet told her "Danny Girl"
had parasites and kennel cough. Those are both illnesses that
take days to develop and are highly contagious.
Eyewitness News went to the pet
store to find out why the management was refusing to pay the
Smith's $65.00 vet bill. We also wanted to know if they knew
they were selling a sick dog.
We asked store manager Mindy
Denton about the blood in the dogs stool.
"It's brought on by stress,
change of environment. It's a parasite," Denton tells us.
But several veterinarians we
spoke say that isn't so.
Eyewitness News got results for
the Smith family and Danny Girl. Moments after our confrontation
with Mindy Denton, she called us to say the store will
compensate Smith for the medical costs.
In fact, Denton says she offered
that deal initially, but Smith says if that were the case, she
wouldn't of called us.
Video states: Vet says watch new puppies closely for two
weeks: Signs to get pet to a vet quickly include: Lethargic,
Mucous around nose, Diarrhea, Coughing and Sneezing
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