Hannibal Animal Control officers are investigating an animal abuse/ cruelty case regarding a deceased cat discovered in the 900 block of Mark Twain Avenue.

A Hannibal police officer discovered the animal while on patrol early Thursday afternoon. Animal Control found that the cat had a large fish hook attached to a cord in its mouth. The cat also appeared to have been shot in the front shoulder.

Animal Control is asking the public for any information they may have regarding the incident. Information can be reported to the Hannibal Police Department at 573-221-0987 or online at www.hannibalpd.com/crimetips.

David Lentz