UTICA, N.Y. — The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for shooting a cat in Utica with a pellet gun a last week.
The cat, Sammy, was shot somewhere are Arlington Road, according to the CNY SPCA.
The owner brought Sammy to the veterinarian, where he had to have his leg amputated because of the wound.
"This near-fatal attack is a stark reminder of the dangers that cats face when they're left outdoors unprotected," says PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien. "PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that this cat's attacker can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else."
PETA reminds pet owners that cats should never be allowed outside unattended. This can lead to fatal accidents, abuse and contracting diseases like feline AIDS.
Anyone with information about this case should contact the CNY SPCA at 315-748-8889.