RSPCA investigates after cat shot with arrow in Port Kennedy

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Shadow the cat was found with an arrow shot through his body in Port Kennedy on Monday afternoon.
Camera IconShadow the cat was found with an arrow shot through his body in Port Kennedy on Monday afternoon.

RSPCA WA is appealing for information after a cat was found with an arrow shot through its body in Port Kennedy.

The owners of 1-year-old Shadow found their beloved feline friend injured at the back of their Port Kennedy property at about 4pm on Monday afternoon.

He suffered serious injuries caused by the arrow, but sadly could not be saved.

RSPCA WA general manager Ben Cave said he was “deeply concerned” to hear about the incident.

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“Unfortunately, acts like this are not uncommon,” he said.

“In the past three years, there have been three other well-publicised cases of cats shot with arrows in Perth’s outer suburbs. In all three of those cases, the cats thankfully survived their ordeal.

“It is heartbreaking to hear that this cat couldn’t be saved.”

Last year, RSPCA WA received more than 500 reports about intentional acts of cruelty towards animals in WA, which was up 31per cent from 2018.

Reports included animals being beaten, wounded and poisoned.

Mr Cave urged Port Kennedy residents to remain vigilant, keep their cats indoors where possible and report any suspicious behaviour to the RSCPA WA Cruelty hotline on 1300 278 3587.

“While RSPCA encourages cat owners to keep their pets indoors, there is absolutely no excuse for causing deliberate harm to an animal,” he said.

“The community is our eyes and ears and it’s so important that people report cruelty, as soon as they see it.”

Animal Cruelty is a serious criminal offence with those found guilty facing up to $50,000 fine or five years in prison under the Animal Welfare Act 2002.

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