A 17-year-old male has been charged with killing an animal and damaging personal property after a Blackstone, Massachusetts cat was shot with an arrow.
Blackstone police were called to a location on Old Mendon Street on Thursday night. “Lilly” had been shot with an arrow and was taken to Tufts Animal Hospital in Grafton by owner Donald Ingersoll, where he was euthanized due to injuries.
Blackstone Animal Control and Blackstone police launched an investigation and a $500 reward was offered.
.The teenager, whose name was not released because he is under 18, is charged with killing an animal and damaging personal property, both felonies. He is also charged with discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and discharging a firearm near a highway.
An anonymous person worked with police and a search warrant was executed on Sunday at the 17-year-old’s home. A crossbow and arrows matching the one used to kill Lilly were taken as evidence, along with the arrow removed from her body. Police had already determined the arrow used came from a crossbow.
Blackstone Police Chief Gregory Gilmore stated during an interview with Boston CBS Local
“I want to commend Blackstone Police and the Blackstone Valley Drug & Anti Crime Task Force for their dedication to this case. Through the public’s assistance, we were able to identify, locate and bring this individual to justice.”
Thanks go out to the police and task force and also to the person who came forward to identify the young monster who shot and killed this poor cat.
Rest in peace, Lilly. I hope you get justice but we all know that’s not going to happen. Being underage, at most, the teen will get a small fine and community service.