Cat shot by arrow at close range found at North Kona park

  • This arrow was removed from a black female cat that was found with an arrow embedded in its body Tuesday afternoon at Harold H. Higashihara Park in Honalo. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — Another cat was reportedly found with a hunting arrow embedded in its body, this time at a public park in North Kona.

The discovery of the black female cat Tuesday at Harold H. Higashihara Park brings the total number of cats suffering life-ending injuries after being shot with arrows on Hawaii Island to three in under two years, said Hawaii Island Humane Society Kona Shelter Manager Roxy O’Neal.

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The first instance occurred Dec. 19, 2016, when a cat was found injured by an arrow in the Target parking lot in Kona and the second incident of a cat shot with an arrow was reported in the Hilo area about six months later. All three animals, including the one found this week, were ultimately euthanized.

“We need to make sure that this stops. We don’t want to see anymore pets hurt or the possibility of people getting hurt, too,” said Hawaii Island Humane Society Executive Director Donna Whitaker.

She added, “it’s really concerning that someone could be so mean to an animal, but also that they are shooting arrows in public places.”

O’Neal said humane society officers responded Tuesday afternoon after receiving an anonymous call reporting that a cat with an arrow in its body was running around by the park’s baseball fields. Officers responded, and located and secured the cat, which was dying.

It appears the cat had been shot about six to eight days ago, O’Neal said. The arrow penetrated the feline’s forehead and exited somewhere out of the top of its spine.

“It was a pretty substantial, graphic injury in its nature,” she said. The feline was brought to the Kona shelter where it was “humanely euthanized.” It was estimated to weigh about 5-6 pounds and was about 3-6 years old.

O’Neal said that based on the blunt tip of the arrow, the shooter had to be very close to the animal when the arrow was released. The arrow type appeared to be from an intermediate-type bow, specifically for youth.

“My professional opinion is that this was close-range,” said O’Neal, “just because of the amount of force it would take to have that arrow travel through the animal’s skull, and then muscle and spine.”

Hawaii state law forbids the torture or mutilation of pet animals as well as the killing or attempted killing of pet animals without the legal authority or consent of the animal’s owner. Violation of that law is considered a class C felony and carries a sentence of one to five years imprisonment.

“If you intentionally hurt an animal to the point where it has substantial injuries, or it dies, that’s a felony,” O’Neal said. “It’s a major, major crime with some pretty serious repercussions.”

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No witnesses had come forward as of Friday. O’Neal and Whitaker said a report was filed by police, though the Hawaii Police Department hadn’t responded to an inquiry for additional detail as of press time.

Anyone with any information on the incident may make an anonymous statement to Roxy O’Neal at the Hawaii Island Humane Society at 329-1175. They can also call police at 935-3311.

  1. Du Mhan Yhu August 31, 2018 3:44 pm

    What a pleasure to catch one of these brave @ssholes and have a very painful beef with them.


  2. Buds4All August 31, 2018 7:07 pm

    Stop this you sick bastards! I hope you mom get this happen to her. they are defenseless animals!


  3. Kaipo Wall September 1, 2018 12:14 am

    Hawaii state law forbids the torture or mutilation of pet animals as
    well as the killing or attempted killing of pet animals without the
    legal authority or consent of the animal’s owner. Violation of that law
    is considered a class C felony and carries a sentence of one to five
    years imprisonment.

    “If you intentionally hurt an animal to the point where it has
    substantial injuries, or it dies, that’s a felony,” O’Neal said. “It’s a
    major, major crime with some pretty serious repercussions.”

    Oh really ? When my neighbor shot my dog to death ,with no warning to me , on his land , and I got the cops involved , they said he was within his rights and I was in violation of the county leash law and that if any of my other dogs were to go on his land he would have the right to shoot them too .

    He did not have my consent to kill my dog . and the HPD refused to arrest or refer the dog killing for prosecution . I guess feral cats are more valued that purebred canines .
    Selective prosecution of law?


  4. Susan Sullivan September 1, 2018 11:47 am

    May this person come back as the cat hunted by him…You are a coward


  5. mskailuakona September 18, 2018 8:22 pm

    It


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