Woman who shot a neighbor’s cat with a crossbow is put on probation

TAWAS CITY, Michigan (WNEM) -An East Tawas woman who shot her neighbor’s cat with a crossbow has been sentenced to probation.

Iosco County District Attorney Jim Bacarella said Taylor Shipman was sentenced March 14 to two years probation under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA). Under HYTA, a person charged with a crime must plead guilty and apply to court for youth trainee “status”. If this status is granted, the person will be placed on an internship. If they complete their term, the criminal conviction will not be entered in their file.

Bacarella said Shipman was also given 30 days in jail for one day of the outstanding balance, meaning she will only have to serve the remaining days if she violates probation. She was also ordered to pay $1,808 in court costs and fines.

Shipman pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after shooting his neighbor’s cat with a crossbow.

Owner Erik Erickson previously told TV5 that on July 16, 2021, he found his injured cat Oliver on his porch. His head and neck were pierced by a crossbow bolt.

The cat was still alive and spent three days at Tawas Animal Hospital.

After discovering Oliver, Erickson called several neighbors to see if any of them knew how his cat had been put down. He said his neighbor confessed to him that she shot the cat with a crossbow in defense of her own cats, according to the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office.


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