A teen accused of firing a crossbow bolt through the head of a cat has been granted name suppression in a brief court appearance.

The 18-year-old Wainuiomata man is facing a charge of ill treating of an animal, brought under the Animal Welfare Act, in relation to the October 21 incident.

In Hutt Valley District Court today, Judge Peter Butler remanded the teen at large, to reappear next month.

Moomoo the cat was left with a bolt through its head after the incident and had surgery at Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to remove it.


Donna Ferrari, Moomoo's owner, appealed to the public following the incident, handing out flyers in her neighbourhood asking whether anyone knew about what had happened to her 4-year-old pet.

She also contacted the media with her story.