Second man arrested after cat shot 17 times

Police have arrested a 19-year-old Sarnia man, who faces animal cruelty charges in connection to...

Police have arrested a 19-year-old Sarnia man, who faces animal cruelty charges in connection to the shooting of a cat. The young male cat named Joe by humane society staff was shot 17 times in the head with a pellet gun. (Courtesy)

Tyler Kula, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:19 PM ET

SARNIA, Ont. — A second man has been arrested after a Sarnia cat was shot 17 times in the head with a pellet gun.

A 20-year-old man taken into police custody Wednesday faces charges of willfully causing unnecessary suffering and willfully injuring an animal.

Christopher Hammond, 19, who is also charged with animal cruelty offences in the case, was released on bail Wednesday, with conditions including he not own any domesticated animal or be around one unless one of his sureties is present.

Police say the cat, named Joe, was shot 17 times in the head with a pellet gun. Sixteen of the pellets in the cat’s head were removed earlier this month during a three-hour surgery at Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital.

The cat’s right eye was also removed because it had been damaged in the shooting.

The one remaining pellet was lodged in the cat’s cheekbone.

More than 20 people rallied outside Hammond's bail hearing at the Sarnia courthouse, calling for stiffer penalties for people who harm animals.


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