LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (AP) - Animal protection groups hope to track down the person who shot a cat with nearly two dozen BBs in a suburban Syracuse yard.
The Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse says in a Facebook post that the calico cat, named Callie, was found bleeding about a week ago by her owner, Amy Jenkins of Liverpool.
Jenkins filed reports with the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office and the Central New York SPCA. The the cat is healing, but veterinary costs are expected to total about $2,400.
In addition to the BBs in her body, Callie suffered a broken leg which required surgery.
The Animal Alliance is offering a $500 reward to anyone who provides tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.
Here is the post from Facebook:
he Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse has been contacted by a young mother, Amy, who lives on Garfield Ave, just outside the village of Liverpool off Rte 370 where it crosses the Thruway. She has an older cat, Callie, who occasionally likes to go out and sit in the trees in her yard and across the street.
One day about a week ago, Amy found Callie lying in her yard, bleeding. Rushed to the vet, Callie was found to have 20-23 BBs in her body as well as a broken femur. Callie did survive and is healing, but it cost nearly $2,400.
The cost, of course, is not really the issue. Amy is concerned for the children and other animals in the area. AAGS shares her concern, especially knowing that abuse of animals is frequently a red flag for other kinds of cruelty.
Amy filed a report with Deputy Horner of the Sheriff's Department, and also spoke with Investigator Pulaski at the CNYSPCA. To date, she is unaware of any action being taken.
Because of our concern for the safety of others in the area, AAGS is offering a reward of $500 for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of these crimes.