Cat shot with arrow in Luling; neighbor jailed

LULING, LOUISIANA – Authorities in St. Charles Parish are saying a Luling man has been arrested after he used a bow and arrow to shoot his neighbor’s cat Monday (June 6). The 9-month old cat, whose name is Max, is currently under a veterinarian’s care, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The arrow, according to the attending veterinarian, passed through the fur in front of the chest cavity, but did not hit any organs, the rib cage or sever any veins or arteries,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes stated.

Authorities arrested Cody Dupre, who lives at 318 St. Anthony St., and booked him with cruelty to animals. His excuse for shooting that cat was that the cat was on his property.

The cat was rushed to Riverlands Veterinary Clinic in LaPlace where the doctor was successfully able to remove the arrow, and has kept the animal under medical supervision, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

Dupre turned himself in Wednesday on a warrant and bond was set at $30,000. He was released Thursday after a relative of his posted a $1,000 cash bond.

“Animal abuse will not be tolerated in St. Charles Parish. My office thoroughly investigates these cases and when warranted, abusers will be arrested”, Sheriff Greg Champagne stated.