WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - A hunting arrow sticking straight through a Windsor family’s pet cat, which managed to make his way home before he had to be euthanized by a vet, has resulted in criminal charges of animal cruelty and torture being filed against a Windsor resident.
Jerry Ellis Jr., 26, pleaded innocent this week to both a felony and a misdemeanor count of cruelty to an animal. Together the two charges carry a maximum potential penalty of up to six years in jail if Ellis were to be convicted.
Back in October when the cat, named “Gearz,” was gravely wounded, Ellis was out on probation but in the months since Ellis was arrested because of an unrelated assault allegation and he remains incarcerated.
According to affidavits filed with the court, several of Ellis’ relatives told police that Ellis allegedly confessed to them, at different times, that he’d been out doing archery practice with a target in a small wooded area off Union Street when the cat wandered by and he decided to shoot it.
Ellis reportedly explained that he quickly put a “kill tip” on one of his arrows and shot the cat. Then, thinking the cat was dead, Ellis packed up and removed his archery gear and returned a short time later with the intention of burying the cat only to discover that it had managed to get up and leave, according to the affidavit.
Officer Brian Berry wrote that the family who owned the cat returned to their residence on Union Street that afternoon to discover a large amount of blood around their cat door and “Gearz” lying in the basement with an arrow “completely stuck through him.”
The cat was taken to a vet where he had to be put down because of the extent of his injuries.
Ellis, who has criminal convictions dating back to when he was a teenager, is “Brady Disqualified” from owning firearms because of a previous felony conviction for burglary.
Jerry Ellis Jr., 26, of Windsor takes his seat in the courtroom
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