Feral cats shot with darts at Hawaii military base: Defenders

Several feral cats have been shot with darts at a military base in Hawaii, animal welfare advocates have said.

KAT Charities, an animal rescue group on the island of Oahu, said a feline later named Katniss is recovering after being found brutally mutilated early Thursday.

“What we know: There are one or more people shooting darts at stray cats around the Schofield Barracks Army Base on Oahu,” the group said in a statement. “We understand that a group of soldiers purchased dart guns during recent training in Indonesia and brought them back to Hawaii.”

The non-profit group said “several cats” were spotted near the base with darts sticking out of their bodies, including one successfully removed from Katniss’ neck.

KAT Charities has released gruesome photos of the cat’s injuries while calling out the “senseless and horrific” violence against innocent animals. A fundraiser set up by the group had eclipsed $1,500 on Friday.

KAT Charities says one or more people are attacking feral cats with darts near the Schofield Barracks military base on Oahu.
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Dr Karen Tyson, founder of KAT Charities, said two cats were found dismembered near a Popeyes restaurant on the military base. The targeted animals had their stomachs cut open, she told KHON.

“Although extremely graphic, we think it’s important to note that the animals appeared to have been deliberately mutilated rather than accidentally hit by a car,” Tyson said.

A volunteer working with the group found Katniss, but KAT Charities believe they have not yet found all of the injured cats near the base, KHON reported.

Katniss Injured Wildcat
KAT Charities says a group of soldiers recently purchased darts in Indonesia and brought them back to Hawaii.
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Several reports have been filed with the military police about targeted feral cat attacks.
Facebook/KAT Charities

Army officials, meanwhile, said they were reviewing the charges.

“The U.S. Army Garrison in Hawaii was just made aware Thursday and is investigating this information,” Army officials told the Post on Friday. “We cannot speculate on details at this time while the investigation is ongoing.”

Any witnesses with “first-hand information” about the dart attacks should contact military police at Schofield Barracks, the military said.

KAT Charities, an animal rescue group on the island of Oahu, said several feral cats were shot with darts at the Schofield Barracks military base in Oahu.
In a statement, the army said. these attacks “do not conform to the values ​​of our army”.
Facebook/KAT Charities

“This type of behavior is not tolerated on the facility and is not consistent with the values ​​of our military,” the statement concluded.

Army officials said any “identification of any specific unit or circumstances” regarding the targeted cats should be treated as speculation.

But multiple reports have been filed with military police regarding the feline attacks, Tyson said, adding that she had seen at least one cat with a dart stuck in its head.

Members of the military who abuse or kill animals could be fined, jailed or dishonorably discharged, Hawaii News Now reported.

“It’s surprising that this is our army,” said KAT Charities Vice President Beth Doughty. “It’s on our military bases. We expect more from them. »

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