Cat found with blow darts pierced through skull

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ST. GEORGE — A juvenile was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a cat was found Friday morning with two blow darts pierced through its skull in the backyard of a St. George home.

Around 9 a.m. St. George resident Lee Webb’s chihuahua was standing in front of the doggy door that exits into the backyard when he began barking wildly.

“I didn’t think it was anything at first,” Webb said.  “He started going crazy at the doggy door and then he ran out.”

Just outside his back door a kitten lay dead with two 6-inch darts – sharpened spikes made of steel with plastic ends – protruding from its head. At first he thought the cat was fake, but then he touched the cat and found it to still be warm.

The cat lays with the darts in its head, St. George, Utah, June 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Lee Webb, St. George News
The cat lays with the darts in its head, St. George, Utah, June 20, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Lee Webb, St. George News

“It had just happened,” he said. “I covered the cat with a cloth and called animal control.”

Previous to this incident Webb found additional darts laying in his backyard  which he had suspected were aimed at his dog, but his dog has never been hit.

“I love animals. They trust people,” Webb said. “Little kittens are trusting souls that don’t need to be put down like that.”

Animal control and St. George Police investigated this incident and questioned people in the area. Upon talking with a 16-year-old, police found probable cause and arrested the young man for animal cruelty charges, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said.

“This is not a common thing here,” Despain said. “We take crimes against animals very serious.”

Juveniles arrested or charged are presumed innocent until the matter is adjudicated or otherwise resolved.

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  • VJ June 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I’d like to aim some blow darts at his stupid head!!!

    • Mamacita June 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      … A real sicko and the birth of an antisocial individual who will become a menace to society

      • Sarcasm October 7, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Hey hey hey! Hold your judgement people! This poor innocent child cannot be held accountable for his actions. Remember- 16 is still a child in the eyes of the law. He is not yet mentally capable of making adult decisions- and therefore the resultant consequences-of his actions.
        We need to treat this poor child as a victim of ‘temporary lapse of judgement’. I’m sure he’s a very good kid,, with a big heart, and might even have been too tired to realize what he was doing.
        I suggest we treat him the same way the teenage kidnappers were treated in Santa Clara: a very stern warning , and maybe some probation for a month or two. Then, we need to have a #fundraiser for this poor child’s legal defense. I’ve started one at GOFUNDME/heisaninnocentchild. Com

  • Danny June 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    … is wrong with these people??
    Ed. ellipsis

  • LeAnn June 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    What neighborhood did this take place???

  • Char June 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Well, here we go again…. I wonder if the lenient treatment of the juvenile who shot Quiver, the cat, with a arrow in the head helped this happen. No real punishment means someone else thinks it will be OK to do again.

    And I wonder how his parents allowed him to have a blow dart gun? What did they think he would use it for, paper target practice? About time to start punishing the parents too.

    Parents, look through your child’s room and see if there is anything in there that will harm an animal. Take it away, you have that right as long as they are under your ‘supervision’.

  • Dana June 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    What a sick …
    Ed. ellipsis

  • THAT GUY June 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    ” We take crimes against animals very seriously ”
    When did they start taking this seriously ? We have had two cats shot in the last few years one in the face with a BB. The other a thru and thru shot in the back just missing its spine. We have the vet bill and xray stating the cat was shot.
    My point is we called the SGPD for both incidents , but both times we were told the St George police does not investigate crimes against animals. And the officers left with out so much as making a report. Just when did they start taking these crimes serious?

    • Mamacita June 23, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      cops in st George are lazy to do anything that’s too much paper work.

  • St. George Resident June 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    This may be a sign of a personality disorder in this kid. Antisocial personality disorder. Supposedly incurable, but treatable. My “treatment” would be … Until he finally gets the message.
    Ed. ellipsis.

  • lp June 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Char,If he was arrested for animal cruelty,how is that no real punishment?

    • EL JEFE June 24, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Being arrested IS NOT a punishment. If and when he is convicted of this horrendous crime, his sentencing will be the punishment. I’ll bet he is out of jail and with his “loving” parents by now. And as was evidenced by the kid who shot the cat (Quiver) through the head not too long ago, this kid will probably just get the same wrist slap and told to be a good boy and be on his merry way. Kids will continue to do these evil acts on animals UNTIL they are sentenced to do actual time in a detention facility…..and that’s a big maybe. Wait till some kid decides to go out to someplace like Diamond Valley or Winchester Hills and take a shot with a firearm at someone’s horses. Then you “might” see some sort of real punishment.

  • Mean momma June 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    First cats…. Next humans. Keep this kid locked up!

  • Fiona Webb June 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Desert Hills, it’s always been a nice quiet community! 🙁

  • Real Life June 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Awwwww, it’s okay. He is just a kid with a blow gun. And apparently has parents who don’t give a rat’s behind what their little freak is up to. It’s time PARENTS take responsiblility for their children’s mentally disturbing actions.

  • LOL'd June 24, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Please, if your going to kill cats do it humanely…

  • JSD June 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

    There is a lot a cat hate in St. George and I don’t think it’s just the kids. I bet this young man’s parents have complained about cats in their neighborhood so the boy felt justified. Maybe there is a problem with feral cats but arrow, BB gun and now dart shootings? There’s a better way to handle the problem. How can anyone be brought up with so little respect for life?

  • Devan June 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Serail Killers usually start out by killing animals, and then progress from there. poor little kitty kitty : (

  • White & Delightful? June 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Wondering if this 16 year old was one of them “illegals” or of the “white and delightful” genre. If of the former, then you probably should expect the fullest prosecution. If of the second group, release him with no charges and send him on a mission. Isn’t that how it works here?

  • tight magic undies June 24, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Where do these freaks get their values from?

  • wyorover July 8, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    i wish i could talk with this boys parent and pay for his defense as a reward for riding our city of at least one stray problem animal

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