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Officers seek archers after several incidents

By ASHLEY VANSANT / Special Assignments Editor (Updated: Wednesday,

November 9, 2005 6:02 PM CST)

Two recent cases involving domesticated animals struck by arrows have Shelby County's animal control officer on the hunt for those responsible.

"This is absolutely a terrible thing," said Donald Kendrick, the county's animal control officer. "It's against the law and it's just stupid."

The owners of a prize-winning Angus cow near Wilton alerted authorities Tuesday morning when they noticed an arrow embedded in the cow's belly.

Kendrick responded to the call, fresh off the case of a housecat killed by an arrow near Calera just last week.

The cow, which Kendrick said still has a calf, is a large black animal that would not likely be mistaken for a deer.

"There's no way this could have been an accident," he said.

Bow-hunting season began Oct. 15 in Shelby County and across the state.

"I think you've just got a lot more people out here with bows and crossbows, and unfortunately I think you've got a very small percentage that's doing this," Kendrick said.

"These idiots use animals for targets."

Owners of the cow were still weighing their options, including a trip to Auburn for veterinary treatment, at presstime Tuesday. But Kendrick said the animal's injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Kendrick rushed a wounded cat to a local veterinarian Thursday after getting a call from citizens near Calera who reported the animal wAndering the neighborhood with an arrow protruding through both sides of its body.

The cat, which was wearing a flea collar, was thought to have been struck by an archer several days before it was captured. It died shortly after arriving at the Shelby County Animal Shelter for treatment.

"The cat had been running around for a few days and it had just bled out. It didn't have a prayer," Kendrick said. "How in the world that little fella' lived that long, I don't know."

Kendrick said the arrow that killed the cat featured a small point, like those commonly used by archers for practice and target shooting.

It was unknown at presstime whether the arrow embedded in the cow was tipped with a practice point or a broadhead, the bladed tips used by hunters to kill deer and other game.

Kendrick said each incident will be treated as an animal cruelty case, a misdemeanor, and that all information will be passed on to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

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