A teen accused of firing a crossbow bolt through the head of
a cat may be granted diversion.
The 18-year-old Wainuiomata man is facing a charge of
ill-treating an animal, under the Animal Welfare Act, in
relation to the October 21 incident.
The teen was granted interim name suppression when he first
appeared at Hutt Valley District Court last month after
concerns were raised regarding internet threats made to him
and his family over the internet.
At his second appearance today, Judge Denys Barry ruled the
interim name suppression remain in place while diversion was
Moomoo the cat was left with a bolt through its head after
He had to have surgery at Massey University Veterinary
Teaching Hospital to remove it.
Donna Ferrari, Moomoo's owner, appealed to the public
following the incident, handing out flyers in her
neighbourhood asking whether anyone knew about what had
happened to her 4-year-old pet.
She also contacted the media with her story.
Police said they were supportive of diversion and the teen
was remanded at large until February.
- By Teuila Fuatai of APNZ