FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office SPCA Division and Howell Police Department are seeking the public’s help in a potential animal cruelty case, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
At approximately 6:15 p.m. on Monday May 6, 2019, Howell Police Department received a call stating that there was an injured animal. Howell’s Animal Control Officer responded to the 600 block of Casino Drive in Howell to find a cat that had been shot with an arrow. The cat was immediately taken to Red Bank Veterinary Hospital for treatment.
A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office SPCA Division and Howell Police Department began later that evening. Officials believe that the weapon used was a small hand-held cross bow. Officials also believe that the cat is a community cat and had been fairly well cared for prior to the incident. The feline has had surgery to have the arrow removed and is recovering nicely at the Monmouth County SPCA’s Animal Shelter.
Anyone who has any information, who may have witnessed the incident or if you may know a person in the area with that type of weapon, please notify the MCPO Animal Cruelty Hotline (877)-898-7297 or Howell Municipal Humane Law Enforcement (732) 922-0100.
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