- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - A northwest Illinois man has been charged with animal cruelty after police say a cat was shot with an archery arrow.

Duane VanDeSampel of Galva was arraigned Tuesday and charged with one count of felony aggravated cruelty to animals. Authorities said he’s accused of intentionally shooting his neighbor’s pet, Whiskey, with an arrow. The animal was found paralyzed on the side of a road Sept. 20 after being pierced by the arrow and had to be put to sleep.

The (Moline) Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1xCmDwT ) reports VanDeSampel indicated he would seek private counsel. Court records don’t indicate if he has an attorney as of Thursday afternoon.

VanDeSampel was held in Henry County Jail on $50,000 bond. He’s scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing in mid-October.

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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.qconline.com

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