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Acting on tips from the public, Washington City police have located and questioned a teenage boy in connection with the bow-and-arrow wounding of a feral cat last week.
Washington City police spokesman Ed Kantor said Thursday that the boy's case was now under review by juvenile justice officials who will determine whether animal cruelty charges will be leveled against the youth.
The cat, dubbed "Quiver," is believed to be a 1-year-old Lynx-point Siamese breed. It was found in Washington City on Feb. 5 with an arrow stuck through its head and into its body. It was taken to a veterinary clinic in neighboring St. George, where the arrow was removed. The cat is expected to eventually recover; the arrow missed its brain and vital organs.
Police, noting the case remained under investigation, did not speculate on the youth's motive in shooting the cat. Numerous calls from citizens led to the boy being located and questioned about the incident on Wednesday, Kantor stated.
In the days following the incident, more than $9,000 in cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the cat's injuries were offered by various animal advocacy and shelter organizations, including the Utah Humane Society and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
As of Thursday, there had been no confirmations of anyone claiming or collecting the rewards.