A pet cat was killed by an arrow in Tahmoor overnight in an incident police have labelled “disturbing”.
A resident called Camden Local Area Command after he found the body of the cat in his backyard in Market Street about 10.30pm on Thursday, August 10.
The cat’s owners, a couple in their 20s, are extremely distressed by the incident and have told police they do not know who may be responsible.
They told the police their cat was a three-year-old named Ra.
The police are not aware of any complaints about the cat.
Camden crime manager Detective Inspector Jayne Doherty said crimes such as these were very disturbing.
“While some people may not consider this to be a major crime it is an abhorrent offence that touches the hearts of many members of our community and is of great concern to NSW Police,” Detective Inspector Doherty said.
“From our early inquiries, it appears this pet was clearly targeted by someone armed with a bow and arrow in a public place. This is an illegal act.
“This was not a feral cat: it was a couple’s much-loved pet with a collar and tag.
“This act cannot be a justified in any way.
“I am appealing for the community to help police by providing information about who may be responsible for this, or who may know of the use of these weapons locally.”
The arrow will undergo forensic examination.