Police Search for Culprits Using Arrows to Kill Cats

Two cats have been shot with arrows in Long Beach in January and February in a Long Beach neighborhood

By Jason Kandel and Ryan Bourgard
|  Thursday, Feb 27, 2014  |  Updated 9:07 PM PDT
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An arrow penetrated a cat's liver, and it came into the abdomen with such force that a different lobe of the liver ruptured through the diaphragm and was in the chest cavity, in this radiograph released from the Long Beach Animal Hospital.

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Two cats have been shot with arrows over two months in a Long Beach neighborhood and police are searching for the culprits.

The first cat was shot in January.

The city's animal services department got a call from a resident who found a cat that had been shot with an arrow.

The cat had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, said Ted Stevens, the manager of Long Beach Animal Care Services.

On Feb. 24 another cat owner reported her cat had been shot with an arrow. The cat died during surgery.

Both incidents originated from the same area, in the 300 and 400 blocks of East 51st Street.

Both animal control and the Long Beach Police Department have launched investigations.

Officials are asking for the public's help to identify the person or people responsible.

Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call ACS at 562-570-7387 or LBPD’s Violent Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7250. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visitingwww.lacrimestoppers.org.

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