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Stray cat seen with arrow sticking out of its body

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Police in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture, said Monday that a stray cat with an arrow protruding from its body was reported by a woman, and that whoever shot the arrow faces a charge of violating the Animal Welfare Law.

According to police reports, the woman, who is in her 70s, called police on Saturday after spotting the stricken cat in her garden, Kyodo News reported. She estimated that the protruding part of the arrow was about 10 cms long.

The woman said the stray cat would often come to her garden where she would feed it. She said she made repeated attempts to capture the cat so it could receive medical treatment but it would constantly run away.

Police said the cat has not been seen since Sunday.

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Find whoever did that and you'll have found a psychopath.

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Seen a similar story on youtube korean animal volunteers channel. They havent find the guy but the cat was saved because they managed to catch it with a cage i think. The timing is important since the infection will spread fast... hope someone helps it.

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Thirty years isolation in a padded room and straight jacket for the psychopath responsible.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Oh Jay, the irony is palpable…

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10cm sounds like a crossbow bolt. Which are illegal. I hope they get help to kitty soon. The poor thing must be distraught...

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Although this is quite deplorable, only in Japan would this be a national news story.

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Firing a weapon in public is also a crime - so if this piece of scum is caught, he'll be up on a bunch of charges. Hopefully misfortune befalls him.

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Someone please some save this poor kitty. And a curse on whoever did this evil deed.

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I pray that who ever did this Evil act will be found and locked up for a very long time.

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I feel really bad for the cat. 

In my old neighborhood, I used to live at the ground floor, and the apartment rules prevented me from keeping a pet. One day, a kitten who couldn’t have been older than 4 weeks showed up on our porch. I felt very bad, because he was there alone, and so I fed him. In the following weeks, the kitten basically made my porch his home. He would hang out there, not bothering anybody, not meowing whatsoever. I couldn’t unfortunately have him stay inside with us. One day, I found my 70-yo neighbor trying to hit shoot the kitten with a slingshot while the kitten was just walking unbothered in the parking lot. I hoped this was just an unfortunate mishap and didn’t call the police, because I was afraid I would be evicted.

The following week we received a letter from the real estate agency demanding that I stop feeding stray cats. 2 days after receiving the letter, I signed the contract for a new apartment, where pets are allowed, and handed my month notice.

That kitten is now a 3 year old 100% indoor cat. In Japan, many people see stray cats as if they are rats, and there is a stigma against them. I promised myself I would refrain from buying cats and try to adopt from shelters instead. Last year I got my second cat (with the approval of the landlord).

I regret not reporting that old man.

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Elvis is hereToday  05:38 pm JST

10cm sounds like a crossbow bolt. Which are illegal.

No, crossbows are not illegal. However, since 2022 all crossbow owners have to be registered and their use is limited to target/competition and animal euthanasia.

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I was asking myself the question "Does Japan have an equivalent to the British RSPCA" ... so I looked it up, and it appears they do - JAWS (Japan Animal Welfare Society), not sure if it has any teeth though ... excuse the punn... anyway, here's the link for those interested :

https://www.jaws.or.jp/about01/about04/

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The cat probably trusted anyone prior to getting shot with the arrow, once that happened all trust of human intervention was gone the cat has not went into survival mode.

The woman said the stray cat would often come to her garden where she would feed it. She said she made repeated attempts to capture the cat so it could receive medical treatment but it would constantly run away

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First animals,then people-we’ve seen it before

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I'm not a PETA supporter but I don't believe in doing stuff like this. And this is not the least bit funny. It's SICK.

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Its definitely someone from the neighbourhood since cats who get fed at one place, keep returning there and dont usually go away too far from ‘their domain’. Probably went into someone’s garden to have a nap or sunbathe. Most criminals are men so) look for a man who likes these kind of things and very unpleasant to talk to

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Hope the cat get help soon..

And for the SOAB who attack the cat, deserves a thousand arrows stuck in.....

Cat abusers must be punished!!!..

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Although this is quite deplorable, only in Japan would this be a national news story.

Because Japan is one of the safest countries to live in the world..

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Reporter/photographer couldn't find the cat either apparently.

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As this is news, perhaps the police will actually do something. It seems they refuse to investigate cases of animal cruelty unless it is news. There are laws against animal abuse, but there are of virtually no effect because the police do virtually nothing.

Some of my cats disappeared. I am sure a neighbour has killed them. I went to the police, presented my evidence and asked them to investigate and question him. They said they would question him if I showed them a video of him actually killing a cat. If I couldn't do that, they said they couldn't even ask him question. I pointed out that the police had on several occasions questioned me with no evidence.

The police refuse to question the particular neighbour because they say they have no evidence. I thought getting evidence of a crime was the police's job, but apparently not.

It is extremely unlikely the police will find the criminal. They will probably pretend to investigate.

Animal welfare organisations have told me there is virtually no hope of getting the police to do anything.

The laws against animal abuse are a fine example of tatemae.

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Absolutely unbelieveable, I wish nothing but pain and death on this despicable piece of human excrement.

Recently in new zealand organizers of a yearly cat hunting competition were shamed into cancelling the event when it came to light that they were paying 14 year old children to hunt feral cats for money $155/ 124 pounds.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-65320162

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A part of me is hoping this was just a prank gone terribly wrong and that the person responsible understand this should not have happened and fells horribly about it. Another part knows it is much more likely someone without any empathy felt justified on killing the cat and may not even feel bad about shooting it.

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I don't support hunting competitions, but the fact is that Feral Cats are a real problem in many places around the world. And those who keep cats, let them reproduce and then abandon them are at fault.

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