The arrows were removed and the cat was stabilized at the time, the affidavit says. However, the cat eventually had to be euthanized.
Through an investigation, the dog warden’s office identified Tilson as the shooter. An investigator said she spoke with a woman who said they were shooting the arrows and the cat ran in front of the target.
“Since (the woman) was previously a veterinarian technician, she stated to Mr. Tilson that he had to do something, he couldn’t just leave the cat to suffer like that,” the affidavit says. “Mr. Tilson went back and shot the cat two more times in an attempt to put the cat out of his misery.”
The investigator did talk to Tilson as well, and he allegedly stated that he did not attempt to call the sheriff’s office or the SPCA at the time of the incident.
“He also stated that he had done all he could do as it was too much for him to handle,” the affidavit says.