Arrest Made in the Shooting of Versailles Cats

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VERSAILLES - A viewer tip to the KOMU Facebook page helped the Morgan County Sheriff arrest a Versailles-area adult resident Tuesday night. He allegedly shot Patches and Licorice, two adult cats, with arrows on Sept. 10.

The Humane Society recommends prosecution of the arrested man to the fullest extent. Felony animal abuse charges could potentially carry a jail sentence of four years and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for each count. 

The Versailles man reportedly shot Patches and Licorice in the necks, with arrows protruding near their shoulders. A local veterinarian treated the cats for pain and infection before they were transfered to the Humane Society of Missouri headquarters for more care.

Patches, who had a larger wound, is in danger of losing a leg as a result of the injuries. Licorice has nerve damage where the arrow entered his body.

The Humane Society of Missouri hopes that both cats will eventually be rehabilitated and adopted. The humane society initially offered a $2,500 reward for the shooter's capture.