Feral Cats Targets Of Barbed Darts

Published On: Nov 01 2011 08:51:10 PM HST   Updated On: Nov 03 2011 04:45:22 AM HST

Late last week, two cats were found with barbed darts embedded into their bodies.

No one knows just how long the animals suffered before Leslie Van Berg found them in distress Friday morning.

?When I tried to pull it the skin was coming with it, so I realized there was a barb like a fish hook and you can not pull it out it has to be surgically removed,? said Van Berg.

Van Berg cares for the feral cat colony tucked on the side of Tamura's Market in Wahiawa.

The Wahiawa resident said 4 animals are hurt but believes more are either injured or dead, since far fewer cats are showing up to feed.

Van Berg said the vicious act breaks her heart.

A veterinarian removed the dart from one animal, another was barely able to walk Tuesday night.

The Hawaiian Humane Society posted fliers in the area warning of the shootings.

The humane society said feral cats are extremely vulnerable to animal cruelty, so any public support is appreciated.

?A lot of these caregivers, they spend a lot of money and time to get these animals micro-chipped; spayed just to keep the population down,? said Hawaiian Humane Society investigator Delvin Honda.

Van Berg and humane society field investigators are asking for anyone with information to step forward.

?We just need to make the public aware and know that this is wrong and this is not tolerated,? said Honda.

Under the law, causing intentional harm to animal is a felony, and it carriesh a penalty up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

The Hawaiian Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward for information. Please call 356-2250.


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