SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are investigating after a cat was shot in the head.
The Scotia Police Department says the shooting occurred on either July 10 or 11, and the animal belongs to the Martinec family on Fourth Street. However, it is unknown where the cat was shot since it roams the neighborhood.
Joseph and Mary Ann Martinec said the morning of July 11 started as a normal day.
“I let Gracie out at 6:30 in the morning like I usually do,” Mary Ann said.
But the condition they found their 11-year-old cat was anything but normal. Joseph did a double take later that day when he noticed Gracie’s right eye was swollen shut.
“There’s blood on her face and her eye is completely shut,” he said. “Not a little but completely.”
Police said Gracie had been shot in the head by either a BB gun or airsoft gun.
“How could someone do this to a living creature,” Mary Ann wondered.
The veterinarian said the pellet is still lodged behind Gracie’s eye, and they don’t know if she will ever regain her vision or her old self.
“As soon as I clicked the can for the cat food, she flinched,” Mary Ann said. “Usually, when you open a can of cat food, they come running, and it really hurt to see her like this.”
The New York State Humane Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for injuring the cat.
If police find a suspect, Joseph and Mary Ann said they will fight for justice.
“We already told them we will prosecute,” Joseph said.
“I hope they do find this person, and if it’s a kid, this will prevent from worse things,” Mary Ann said.
Gracie has another appointment with the vet on Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department’s crime tips line at (518) 374-3110, ext. 6.