Lee County Domestic Animal Services is seeking information regarding the person or persons responsible for shooting a cat in the area of the Lehigh Acres Sweetbay supermarket, which is located on the corner of Leeland Heights and Bell boulevards.
The cat was seen dragging her hind legs, according to Ria Brown, of Lee County Domestic Animal Services. She said a veterinarian performed x-rays of the cat that showed she had a pellet lodged in her spine.
Due to the extensiveness of this injury, the cat could not be saved and was humanely euthanized.
"Obviously this was a deliberate intentional act of animal cruelty. Individuals found harming animals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Chief Glenn Johnson, LCDAS operations manager. Shooting animals is a felony punishable by up five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.
Animal Services considers crimes of this nature to be particularly cruel and disturbing and will investigate any leads for ultimate prosecution, officials there said.
Anyone with information regarding animal abuse is asked to call Animal Services at 239-533-7387. To be eligible to receive a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.