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WI: Oconto bow hunter charged in shooting death of cat

January 28, 2019

From GreenBayPressGazette.com

A bow hunter from Oconto is accused of killing a pet cat.

Patrick J. Matthews, 35, is charged with mistreatment of animals/causing death, a felony carrying a maximum prison term of three years, six months.

According to the criminal complaint:

The cat had been outside the northside Oconto home on Sept. 29. While out looking for his pet with a neighbor on Sept. 30, the man saw two hunters. He asked one if he’d seen the cat or shot it, but the man said no. Later he asked the second man, who was in a tree, if he had shot the cat. He also denied shooting the cat.

After searching for his pet for four days, the man found the body on Oct. 3 and reported it to Oconto Police.

The cat was examined by Dr. Chris Holder of Oconto Veterinary Clinic, who told police that that he found two holes consistent with being shot with an arrow without a broad head. The wounds were near the shoulder area.

Using a picture of the truck the two hunters used, which was provided by the cat’s owner, Oconto Police were able to locate one of the men, who was interviewed by a DNR warden about a possible hunting violation as well as the cat.

That man said he had been hunting with Matthews, adding that Matthews had admitted in a phone call to shooting the cat. The man said Matthews had sent him a picture of the bloody arrow, but no longer had the photo.

Matthews’ appearance matches a description of the first hunter the cat’s owner spoke with, the complaint adds.

Matthews made his initial appearance on Jan. 17, when a cash bond of $750 was set. A preliminary hearing was rescheduled from last week to Feb. 18.


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