By Joe Beck
MIDDLETOWN -- Town police are searching for someone who shot and killed a pet cat with a bow and arrow sometime Monday night.
Chief Philip Breeden said the cat, named Tata, belonged to Gary and Luisa Nichols. Breeden said Luisa Nichols found Tata on Tuesday morning outside their house on South Main Street and called police to the scene.
Breeden said there are no suspects. The arrow appeared to be the type used in target shooting "like you would use in the backyard," Breeden said.
Breeden said Tata appeared to have been a short distance from his home, was shot at close range, and made his way back home to die. Breeden estimated Tata's age at 6 years old.
"The cat was very friendly," Breeden said. It appears that in all probability the cat walked up to whoever shot it with the arrow."
"It was like the cat was looking up at someone, and it was shot in the chest and the arrow went through the body and came out in the left side of the stomach area," Breeden added.
Breeden said the Nichols are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot their pet.
He said there are no suspects, but the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Frederick County Crime Solvers at 665-8477.
Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or firstname.lastname@example.org