Cops find teen suspect in bow-and-arrow attack on ‘Quiver’ the cat
Charges pending • Washington City juvenile justice officials reviewing animal cruelty case.
Published: February 13, 2014 04:03PM
Updated: February 13, 2014 04:02PM
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Quiver, a cat that was shot with an arrow, rests in a cage Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after undergoing surgery in Washington, Utah. Officials with the nonprofit organization One More Chance C.A.T.S. say the impaled feline was found Wednesday after going missing from a park for a few days. A veterinarian who examined the cat says an arrow had gone through the animal's head, passed through her esophagus and then came out of her shoulder blades. The vet removed the arrow and says the cat is expected to survive. (AP Photo/The Spectrum, Casie Forbes) MANDATORY CREDIT NO SALES

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.

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