A YOUNG couple has been left devastated after their beloved pet cat was shot and killed with a bow and arrow in what police are calling a “disturbing, abhorrent” attack in a town southwest of Sydney.
A man called police after finding three-year-old Ra‘s body in the backyard of his Market Street home at Tahmoor, around 90km southeast of Sydney, on Thursday night.
Police said the cat’s owners, a couple aged in their 20s, are extremely distressed and are struggling to comprehend why someone would want to hurt their ‘baby’.
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Detective Inspector Jayne Doherty said the killing was “abhorrent ” and vowed to catch the person responsible.
“While some people may not consider this to be a major crime it is an abhorrent offence that touches the hearts of many members of our community and is of great concern to NSW Police,” Det Insp Doherty said.
“From our early inquiries, it appears this pet was clearly targeted by someone armed with a bow and arrow in a public place. This is an illegal act.”
Det Insp Doherty said the cat was a “much-loved pet with a collar and tag”.
“This was not a feral cat … this act cannot be a justified in any way,” he said.
“I am appealing for the community to help police by providing information about who may be responsible for this, or who may know of the use of these weapons locally.”
The arrow has been removed from the cat’s body and has been sent away for forensic examination.
Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to call Narellan Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.