Every once in a while you read one that a simple Lord Love a Duck would not cover. This week we had the unskilled, untrained and uncivilized Chester, PA cops blowing dogs away with a wanton disregard for public safety that shocks the conscience. The week before that, although we didn’t cover it here, we had two Boulder, CO, police officers slink off into early retirement after shooting a tame elk that was a de facto neighborhood pet, and trying to lug the carcass to a butcher shop. All hail the mighty Nimrod! (Leave your badge on the desk). And today we have some creep — words fail us, and how often does that happen? — with a crossbow in California.
NEWMAN, Calif. — Authorities are looking for at least one person who shot five cats with crossbow darts in the Central California city of Newman.
KCRA-TV in Sacramento reports the cats were found last weekend with 6-inch darts lodged in their eyes, chests, shoulders and torso. One has died and four others are recovering from their injuries.
How wrong is that, exactly? About as wrong as an Afghan’s tender love for a sweet young caprine. About as wrong as it gets. You don’t even have to like cats to recognize that they are not a game species, for crying out loud. You can be the most committed cat hater on Planet Terra, and curse the Fates every day that 101 Uses for a Dead Cat did not win the Nobel Prize for Literature, but you have to know this is wrong.
In Sacramento, California, someone doesn’t. It’s unknown whether this recent spate of cat shootings is related to the still-unsolved Central California shooting of a pet tabby named Taz on Christmas week, 2011. Taz (image) was wounded in the right ear with what looks like a Barnett crossbow bolt, but recovered.
Another cat in Sacramento was mortally wounded by a similar bolt in 2009. For over 1,300 days there either has been a feline reign of terror by some wannabe William Tell, or something in the Inland Empire air is turning those kind California liberals and one-with-nature hippies into angry mutant cat killers.
The one thing that’s certain when crossbow-wounded kitties start showing up: there’s a sick puppy on the loose.
On a more serious level, when they find the boy or young man who is doing this, authorities and aware individuals need to beware of him forever. This is not a person whose hard-wiring is at all right. Sure, not every creep who commits animal cruelty graduates to humans, but a shockingly great percentage of murderers and torturers of humans started out like this guy.
But then, it is California. Nothing those people do should surprise us any more.
We were too quick to tee off on the fruits and nuts in California. It happens other places — here’s a news video about one in Indiana in 2009 — but it seems like the world capital of cat crossbow creeps is England. Not only did some crossbow-armed moral defective nail Dave (in the image above) in 2009, someone in a different London suburb shot two separate bolts into a cat named Pepsi in 2007 (second story with photo). In 2008, a crossbow cat attack in Wales led an animal welfare charity to warn that “these type of attacks were becoming more common around the UK.” In 2011, one case in the Liverpool area was closed within days with an arrest, but the crossbow attacks have continued. In November, another. Not only that, either we have a traveling serial domestic-cat killer, or cats are irresistible to a certain type of crossbow peltast worldwide. Last October, Ozzy the cat came home in Canada with a bolt in his neck; the Mounties are on it but don’t seem to have any suspects.