A second person has now been charged in connection with a gruesome case of animal cruelty in Sarnia, involving a cat that was shot 17 times in the head with a pellet gun.
The latest arrest was made Wednesday by Police in Sarnia, who’ve yet to identify the suspect, but have said they’ll be charged with one count of willfully cause unnecessary suffering and one count of willfully injuring an animal.
The first suspect, arrested last week, was granted bail by a judge in Sarnia Wednesday.
While he’s awaiting trial, 19-year-old Christopher Hammond is not to possess any domesticated animal or be around any domesticated animal unless one of his sureties is present.
Hammond is facing two counts of animal cruelty, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
During Hammond’s bail hearing, people gathered outside the courthouse in Sarnia, demanding a harsh punishment for the crimes committed against “Joe the Cat”.
The investigation began earlier this month, after the two-year-old cat was found in Bright’s Grove on February 2nd with 17 pellets in his head.
Over a week later, police executed a search warrant at a home in Sarnia, and arrested a 19-year-old man. While investigating, police also seized a number of Oxycodone and codeine pills, along with a small amount of marijuana.
“Joe” continues to be monitored by vets in Sarnia. All but one of the pellets have been removed and the cat lost one eye.