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

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.




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

17,585 signatures = 117% of goal

17,585 Sabita Patwardhan Absolutely bloody shitty, shitty, shitty persone. Nov 26, 2021
17,584 Debra Gagliano Nov 26, 2021
17,583 Kathleen Manchester Nov 26, 2021
17,582 JW Stein Nov 26, 2021
17,581 Penelope Corcoran Despicable *&%$# needs jail time! Nov 26, 2021
17,580 Kim Geoffroy Nov 26, 2021
17,579 Julia Baidoo Nov 26, 2021
17,578 Nadia Li Nov 26, 2021
17,577 Jane De Moratti Nov 26, 2021
17,576 MaryAnn Schuoler this horrible person needs the same done to her!!! Nov 26, 2021
17,575 Lesley Finnegan Nov 26, 2021
17,574 Ana Santos Nov 26, 2021
17,573 Tiffany Lozano Nov 26, 2021
17,572 Laurel Harris Nov 26, 2021
17,570 Angie Koczkur Nov 26, 2021
17,569 Danielle L'Ecuyer Nov 26, 2021
17,568 Jean Swanson Nov 26, 2021
17,567 Pam Kruger Nov 26, 2021
17,566 Sandy Bairfield Horrific! Nov 25, 2021
17,565 Dianna Brown HARSHEST punishment! This will never end if we keep slapping them on the hand and setting them free. Nov 25, 2021
17,564 Pamela Johnson Nov 25, 2021
17,563 Janice Giampaoli SOB, POS scumbag Nov 25, 2021
17,562 Mary Mollo Nov 25, 2021
17,561 Richard Bertoni You deserve what ever punishment the law can give you and then some Nov 25, 2021
17,560 Jennifer Hagens Nov 25, 2021
17,559 PANY KONSTANTINIDOU Nov 25, 2021
17,558Anonymous Nov 25, 2021
17,557 Beverly Hodge I'm trying to find out if the cat survived. Ethier way the neighbor had no right to do that. They are clearly mentally Disturbed to do something like that to an innocent animal Nov 25, 2021
17,556 Katherine MacPhee Nov 25, 2021