Metro Animal Services and Metro Police find and arrest man who shot cat with a bow and arrow.
Wednesday April 4, 2012
Louisville Metro Animal Services’ (LMAS) officers found the individual responsible for shooting a cat, now called Gabby. The man, 21-year-old Jeric Flores, was arrested yesterday after LMAS officers passed out flyers asking the community for help. Flores admitted to police and investigators from Animal Services to shooting Gabby with a bow and arrow. Flores is charged with animal torture, tampering with evidence and cruelty to animals in the second degree. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
“We are so proud of the work Metro Animal Services did on behalf of this cat,” said Rebecca Eves, director of Shamrock Arrow Fund. “Please keep Gabby in your thoughts."
Shamrock Arrow Fund immediately helped LMAS by covering the medical costs for Gabby, now totaling $3,000.00. She is still in the hospital making slow but steady progress after two surgeries. As soon as she fully recovers, she will be looking for a family to adopt her.
“Our officers deal with these abuse and neglect cases on a daily basis,” said Justin Scally, director of Louisville Metro Animal Services. “As a department we will continue to do whatever it takes to send a clear message that these types of acts will not be tolerated and we will continue to use all our resources to find the people responsible.”
LMAS officers found the cat behind an apartment complex located at 147 East Kingston Avenue in South Louisville on Tuesday, March 27.
A plea was immediately sent out to the community to come forward with information. The Humane Society of the United States partnered by offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction.