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After 2 cats shot with blow dart, Provo police ask for the public's help

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Provo Police Department said it knows of two instances of cats shot with a blow dart and are asking for the public's help finding out who is responsible. (Photo: PPD)

Provo Police Department said it knows of two instances of cats shot with a blow dart and are asking for the public's help finding out who is responsible.

The department posted pictures on its Facebook page of the second animal, including an x-ray. In the photos the animal had both legs intact but that apparently wasn't the case after care.

"It has its front leg amputated and the dart punctured a lung. After being treated at Mountain West Animal Hospital, it is now recovering at the shelter," the post said.

It also said both cats were at the Utah Lake State Park, located on the east side of the Utah Lake near the Provo Airport. There is also and RV campground near the park that is located where the Provo River runs into the lake.

Presumably the leg was lost because of injuries associated with the dart. PPD said in the post:

Please, if you have any information about who struck these cats with a blow dart contact our Animal Control Officer Michelle Proctor at mproctor@provo.org.

The post had more than 100 shares and 50 comments in its first two hours after posting. It was not clear what happened to the first cat.

Last week Provo police were investigating an incident of a cat that was shot with an arrow. The Provo Police Animal Control Division is investigating animal cruelty after treating that cat. It is not known if that animal was the first one injured with a blow dart or if it was a separate incident.

The department reminded the public that all are considered innocent until proven guilty.