Charge withdrawn for crossbow cat shooting

Last updated 05:00 07/02/2014
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SHOT: Wainuiomata cat Moo Moo, who was shot through the head with a crossbow bolt last year.

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An 18-year-old Wainuiomata man who shot a cat through the head with a crossbow has completed diversion and had the charge against him withdrawn.

However, he declined to tell his side of the headline-grabbing survival story that propelled Moo Moo the cat from Wainuiomata to international stardom.

The man requested permanent name suppression based on threats made to him and his family.

Hutt Valley District Court judge Peter Butler granted interim suppression.

The teenager was charged with ill-treating Moo Moo, who was found with the crossbow bolt through his head by owner Donna Ferrari in October.

Moo Moo survived after being treated by vets at Massey Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Palmerston North to remove the bolt.

Most of the $1697 costs for Moo Moo's care were met by a collection of donations initiated by members of a Wainuiomata website.

The man was not required to appear in court on Tuesday for the charge to be withdrawn.

At his home on Tuesday, he declined to tell his side of the story, saying "it was an accident" and "everything has been said and done".

Ms Ferrari said Moo Moo had made a full recovery. "He's back to his normal self."

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