Woodstock police issue important notice to pet owners

by | Dec 21, 2023

Family cat dies after being shot by pellet gun

The Woodstock Police Department is cautioning all pet owners, urging them to exercise care when allowing their small animals outside.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, at around 2 p.m., a tragic incident occurred involving a pet cat that typically roamed in the vicinity of Henry Street / Ralph Street / Tait Street / South Ave and Glen Ave. in Woodstock, the police explained in a statement issued Dec. 20 The indoor/outdoor cat was let outside but did not return home when called, displaying unusual behaviour as the animal typically stays close to home.

The statement said the concerned owners checked security cameras and observed the cat returning several hours later. The owners subsequently searched the property and located the cat hiding, clearly in distress.

The family immediately transported the cat to a veterinary clinic, where it underwent emergency surgery. Tragically, the cat did not survive the injuries sustained during the incident.

Upon examination, veterinary staff discovered a single Air Gun pellet inside the cat, determined to be the cause of its untimely demise.

The Woodstock Police Department expresses its deepest condolences to the family during this difficult time.

“We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community and its beloved pets,” police officials said.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Woodstock Police Force at (506) 325-4601, referencing file #2023-3216. Information can also be sent anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by using the secure P3 Mobile App, or through Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca

Police ask everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity promptly.

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