A warrant was issued Sunday, July 8, by the Circuit Court of Marion County, charging Nicholas D. Mitchell, 29, of Hannibal, with felony animal abuse, in connection with a cat being shot by an arrow.

A warrant was issued Sunday, July 8, by the Circuit Court of Marion County, charging Nicholas D. Mitchell, 29, of Hannibal, with felony animal abuse, in connection with a cat being shot by an arrow.

After reviewing the investigative report, Marion County Prosecutor David Clayton said, “Animal abuse of any type will not be tolerated. My office will continue to work closely with the Hannibal Police Department. We are both taking the matter very seriously.”

Mitchell turned himself in to Hannibal officers Saturday, July 7, and was placed on a 24-hour hold. Mitchell's bond is set at $25,000, and he remained the Marion County Jail on Monday, July 9.

On Friday, July 6, the HPD reported officers were called to the 2900 block of Market Street where they found a cat had been shot with an arrow and suffered numerous other visible wounds. The cat was being treated by a local veterinarian and its condition was not available. The police requested assistance from the public in identifying the person responsible and reported this type of case is taken very seriously.

On Monday, the police had no update on the cat's condition but reported they believe it is still alive.

Police report animals

may be surrendered

without charge

The HPD reported Monday that due to the incident involving animal abuse of a cat, the police want the public to know that if someone is unable to provide care for a pet, the owner may surrender the animal to the Community Service Officers (CSO) without charge. After signing a release form, the animal will be placed with the Humane Shelter for adoption. Anyone wishing to surrender their animal can contact a Community Service Officer by calling the Hannibal Police Department at 573-221-0987.