BLACKSTONE — Acting Chief Gregory Gilmore reports that the Blackstone Police Department is charging a juvenile for allegedly shooting and killing a cat with an arrow.

A 17-year-old male Blackstone resident is charged with:

–Killing/maiming/poisoning an animal (felony)

–Damaging personal property (felony)

–Discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling (misdemeanor)

–Discharging a firearm near a highway (misdemeanor)

The male will be summonsed to Milford Juvenile Court at a later date.

On Aug. 1, Blackstone Police learned that a cat had been shot by an arrow on Old Mendon Street. It later died due to its injuries.

To help identify the suspect, Blackstone Police partnered with an individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, to provide a $500 cash reward to anyone who could help police identify and apprehend the person responsible.

At about 10 a.m. today, after receiving several tips from residents, Blackstone Police executed a search warrant at the 17-year-old male’s home, which is located not far from where the incident occurred. Police discovered a bow and several arrows matching the one that killed the cat.

"I want to commend Blackstone Police and the Blackstone Valley Drug and Anti-Crime Task Force for their dedication to this case," Chief Gilmore said. "Through the public's assistance, we were able to identify, locate and bring this individual to justice."

--Blackstone Police Department