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Woman Faces Felony For Shooting Neighbor’s Cat In The Neck With A Crossbow Bolt

Published: July 27, 2021 at 05:14 AM Author: Penny Eims

Tawas City, Michigan – A woman in Tawas City, Michigan, is facing a felony animal cruelty charge for shooting her neighbor’s cat through the neck with a bolt from a crossbow. The injury resulted in Eric R. Erickson’s cat Oliver spending three days at a veterinary hospital for treatment.

The Iosco County Prosecutor is charging 21-year-old Taylor Rose Shipman, of East Tawaw, with third-degree killing or torturing an animal – a charge which could result in a four year prison sentence.

Please sign today to hold this woman accountable for her actions!

The Iosco Humane Society posted images of Oliver on July 17, and explained what had happened to the gentle cat:

Oliver is a friendly gentle cat that is very loved by his owner. Oliver went missing Sunday July 11th and showed up back home Thursday July 15th. The condition his owner found him in is heart breaking. Oliver was shot in the neck with a crossbow on Sunday July 11th by his owners neighbors and the neighbor even admitted to shooting the cat. This poor innocent cat did not deserve to be shot.

The authorities later issued a press release about the incident, which reads in part:

After the investigation and all interviews were completed the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office submitted the report for review on July 22nd to the Iosco County Prosecutors Office. The Iosco County Prosecuting Attorney authorized a felony warrant for the suspect on July 23rd, 2021 for one count Animals-Killing/Torturing third degree.

We want to send your signatures to court officials to let them know that Oliver deserves justice for the suffering he endured. Please add your name to the petition today – Taylor Rose Shipman deserves jail time for her despicable behavior!

Petition Letter

Final update 4/22/2022: According to the prosecutor, Shipman was sentenced on March 14 to two years of probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). Under the HYTA, an individual charged with a crime must plead guilty and petition the court for “status” as a youthful trainee. If that status is granted, the individual will be placed on a probationary term. If they complete the term, the criminal conviction will not be entered into their record. She was also ordered to pay $1,808 in court fees and fines.

Update 12/16/2021: According to Brenda at the Prosecutor’s Office, the next court date is on January 24, 2022, at 10:45 a.m. (status conference).

Update 11/19/2021: Animal Victory has sent 32,667 signatures to Prosecutor James Bacarella. The signatures more than doubled within three months from the first time we sent signatures to James Bacarella.

Update 11/08/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the next court date is 11/22/2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Update 08/09/2021: Animal Victory has sent 15,635 signatures to Prosecutor James Bacarella.




Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Woman Faces Felony For Shooting Neighbor's Cat In The Neck With A Crossbow Bolt

17,978 signatures = 120% of goal


17,978 Mary Channell Apr 22, 2022
17,977 Sharon Hasek Apr 21, 2022
17,976 Dianne MacDonald Apr 20, 2022
17,975 Roslyn Pollinger Apr 20, 2022
17,974 Raymond Moore Apr 20, 2022
17,973Anonymous Apr 14, 2022
17,972 Danielle Agresta Apr 12, 2022
17,971 Angela Dennis Apr 10, 2022
17,970 Sydney Allrud Apr 10, 2022
17,969 Michele Murphy Apr 09, 2022
17,968 JOANNE King Apr 09, 2022
17,967 Leah Kozak Apr 08, 2022
17,966 Jocelyn Warburton Apr 01, 2022
17,965Anonymous Mar 30, 2022
17,964 Stephanie Poulin Mar 28, 2022
17,963 Jeanne Drazba Mar 23, 2022
17,962 karin schmitz Mar 23, 2022
17,961 Samantha King Mar 19, 2022
17,960 Suzanne Butler Someone thought this was funny. They belong in prison. The poor cat. Mar 15, 2022
17,959 James McVey Mar 07, 2022
17,958 miriam taylor-east Mar 05, 2022
17,957 Emma Macey Mar 05, 2022
17,956 Sari La rue Mar 04, 2022
17,955Anonymous Mar 02, 2022
17,954 Julie Houle Feb 27, 2022
17,953 Chloe-Nicole Bignoux Feb 27, 2022
17,952 Maria Lorek Feb 26, 2022
17,951 Laura Cronick Feb 26, 2022
17,950 Lois Hamilton You are so ugly, you shit face Feb 24, 2022
17,949 Katrina Campo Feb 22, 2022