CARMEL, N.Y. - Officers of the Putnam County SPCA are investigating a case of aggravated cruelty, a felony under the state Agriculture and Markets Law, in which a domestic 7-year-old black cat that lives in the town of Carmel was shot and wounded by either a pellet gun or small-caliber gun.

Investigators said they believe that sometime between July 2 and 4 the cat, Simon, was shot by a high-powered pellet gun or with a small-caliber bullet. During that time, the cat was loose and not observed by its owner.

On July 4, Simon returned home with an injury to his hindquarters. Upon taking the cat to the Brewster Veterinary Hospital, metal fragments were found throughout Simon’s midsection and it was discovered that the projectile had caused a broken femur and pelvis. Through surgery, the veterinarian was able to remove a small fragment of the projectile, leaving the rest so as not to further endanger the cat’s life. The vet said the projectile caused extreme pain, serious physical injury and permanent physical impairment of the cat’s hind legs. Simon is now in stable condition and resting at home.

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The animal resides in the Drewville Road area near the cross streets of Hickory Bend Road and Crafts Road.

The New York State Humane Association (NYSHA), headquartered in Kingston, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting Simon, who had been allowed to go outside just prior to July 4.

“The individual responsible for this heinous assault on a family pet must be brought to justice,” said NYSHA president Pat Valuse.

Chief Ken Ross of the Putnam County SPCA added that “all animals are protected under the animal cruelty laws of New York State. Cats are allowed outside and should not be targeted by anyone.”

“Shooting any domestic animal, especially in a residential neighborhood, is criminal and reckless,” Ross said.

The Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting and asks anyone having information to contact them at 845-520-6915. All calls can remain anonymous.

Article courtesy of Putnam County SPCA