In Defense Of Animals Offers $2,500 Reward In Oregon Cat Shooting Case

Pumpkin was shot through the shoulder with an arrow

Sandy, Ore. (October 17, 2012) – In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal protection organization with a regional office in Portland, has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever brutally shot a cat with a hunting arrow in Sandy, Oregon.

Pumpkin, a beloved companion, was shot with a hunting arrow Sunday afternoon in the woods near her family’s home. Katrina Newbury, Pumpkin’s guardian, told the Oregonian that she knew Pumpkin had been shot because of the sounds the arrow made as Pumpkin was trying to get through the cat door. “I could hear the arrow hitting against everything,” said Newberry. “And then, it looked horrible.”

Pumpkin was rushed to the vet for emergency surgery to remove the arrow. Her prognosis is good and she is recovering at home.

“The cold-bloodedness of this horrific crime indicates what a danger this person is to all of us,” said Eric Phelps, Emergency Response Unit Coordinator for IDA. “Someone knows who did this, and he or she will be serving the entire community by stepping forward.” Phelps added that studies have repeatedly shown, and the FBI and other law enforcement agencies agree, that a person who commits cruelty to animals very often moves on to commit acts of violence against people, especially when the cruelty to animals goes unpunished.

IDA urges anyone with information about this brutal attack to contact Sandy Police Department’s Tip Line at 503-489-2195. To contribute to IDA’s Animal Cruelty Reward Fund, please call IDA at (415) 448-0048, ext. 218.

Contact: Eric Phelps,, 503-754-0977

In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization located in San Rafael, Calif. dedicated to protecting animals' rights, welfare, and habitat through education, outreach, and our hands-on rescue facilities in Mumbai, India, Cameroon, Africa, and rural Mississippi. _________________________________________________________________________________

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