AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - PETA is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can help find the person(s) responsible for injuring a cat.
Last week staff at the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare shelter found a cat that had been shot in the eye with a blow dart. The cat was rushed to the vet where she underwent eye surgery and had her eye removed. However, she is currently in foster care and will soon be released for adoption.
After about of week of investigating PETA has stepping to help the APD with their search.
PETA often offers rewards this one hoping people will speak up.
"We get hundreds of calls every week from people who are concerned, people who know about issues like this and we are always hopeful that by offering this kind of reward maybe someone will come forward," said Rachel Bellis, Community Liaison for PETA.
Bellis believes if the person who harmed this cat is not stopped they may continue to abuse animals.
"Cruelty to animals is a community issue and it needs to be stopped because studies have shown that people who abuse animals will go on to continue to abuse animals and also humans," Bellis said.
The organization encourages anyone who witness an act of animal cruelty to speak up.
"People should never stay silent," Bellis said. "PETA is always encouraging folks to come forward if they know something, if they have information, if they see an animal in distress to always call the authorities."
Those with any information about the incident to call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 806-374-4400.