HAYWOOD COUNTY - The Haywood County Sheriff’s Office is looking into who shot a cat with a bow-and-arrow and left it on its owners’ bed.
David and Tracey Barnes came home on Saturday and found Patches with an arrow pierced through his body.
“You turn on the lights and what you end up seeing is something that you’d never imagine seeing,” said David Barnes.
“It was shock. That was not what I wanted to come home to,” said Tracey Barnes.
She and her husband had just returned from New Jersey and a funeral for her cousin.
“Up there crying with family and trying to deal with all that, then coming home to one of my fur babies gone, it’s hard,” she said.
When they saw Patches’ wounds, they took him to the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital in Asheville.
After weighing the costs to heal his wound, they decided to put him down and say goodbye.
“We dug the hole there,” Tracey said pointing to a garden in front of their home. “We put rocks over and the little cross so that he can continue to watch for us and we can see him when we come in.”
Patches was one of 11 rescue animals taken in by the family – 9 cats and 2 dogs.
He is the fourth rescue cat that later died.
The Barnes said they will continue to rescue animals.
“It’s not going to deter us from that. The animals need help, and we’re going to be here to help them,” Tracey said.
If you have any information about this case, call the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.
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