SARNIA, Ontario, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A young Canadian man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly shooting a cat in the head 17 times with a pellet gun, causing serious injury.
The 19-year-old was arrested Thursday evening at his home in Sarnia, Ontario, the Sarnia Observer reported. Investigators said they found a few Oxycodone pills, 50 codeine pills and some marijuana in the house, and the teen also faces drug charges.
The 2-year-old cat, now named Joe, was found Feb. 2 in Bright's Grove, a suburb of Sarnia that was founded as a utopian socialist community.
Last week, most of the pellets were removed from the cat's head during a three-hour operation. Joe also lost his right eye.
The shooting was investigated by the Sarnia Humane Society and Sarnia police. The Humane Society said it has received thousands of dollars in donations, far more than the cost of Joe's treatment, leaving much of the money to help other animals.