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SPCA Investigates Cat's Death After Gunshot in Putnam Lake

Officials, who are asking for the public's assistance, believe the projectile came from 'a high-powered BB gun or a low-caliber rifle.'

Editor's note: The date of the incident was initially misstated in this article. Officials provided a second press release with the accurate date, and this post has been updated to reflect that.

The Putnam County SPCA is looking for the person who shot a 7-month-old cat. The animal, who was left paralyzed, died days after the injury.

At about 4 p.m. Feb. 7, officials received a complaint from a resident of Rutland Drive in the Putnam Lake area of Patterson. He reportedly told officials his cat, who was outside at the time, had been shot and was "severely injured."

Members of the SPCA found Blackfoot, a female, black and brown calico cat, to be paralyzed at and below her midsection. They found an entrance wound near her neck, according to authorities.

"SPCA officers immediately transported the injured cat to the Westchester Animal Hospital [in Mount Vernon] for examination," a statement reads. "Dr. Robert Jiao examined the injured cay and an X-ray revealed what appeared to be a metal projectile imbedded in the dorsal thoracic area of the spine. The projectile may have been shot at the cat with either a high-powered BB gun or a low-caliber rifle. Dr. Jiao also found a second spinal fracture which, in his opinion, could only have been caused by severe blunt force trauma.

The examination’s findings revealed that not only was the cat shot with a high powered metal projectile, but was also struck with force in the spine causing the second fracture."

Blackfoot remained at the facility until Monday, when she died of progressive paralysis.

SPCA officers are investigating the crime. They have spoken with folks who live in the area and they plan to increase patrols to "in hopes that it will serve as a deterrent to prevent additional acts of cruelty."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the agency at its 24-hour animal cruelty hotline (845-520-6915), or online at www.spcaputnam.org. Calls may remain confidential, officials say.

“Although many feel that feral cats may be a nuisance, it is a crime to harm these animals," SPCA Chief Ken Ross said. "Owned cats, under the law are allowed to roam outside, and when someone takes matters into their own hands, not only are they committing animal cruelty, they may end injuring their neighbor’s child or pet.”

Lavender February 14, 2013 at 02:01 PM
That's just a few streets away from where a cat was found decapitated last summer. It sounds like there is a seriously sick individual living in that area.
Susan Riley February 14, 2013 at 02:23 PM
How horrible! What kind of person would do such a thing? We need more police patrolling the area.
Kathy Chambers February 14, 2013 at 04:10 PM
This is only a block away from where the cat's head was found on Garfield last August. There's a creep on the loose!
Ashley Tarr (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Yes, that's correct - same area. The story on that crime is available here: http://patch.com/A-xgRV.
Claire February 14, 2013 at 08:53 PM
There was a reward for info about this other victim. Perhaps the reward can be combined for the two cases. Sounds like catching that person could prevent serial killings in his/her future also.
Pat McElroy February 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM
I live very near to where this recent event has happened, anyone who would like to form a neighborhood watch group please feel free to comment on this site. Perhaps we can pool our resources and catch this sicko! Pat Mac
Robert Kitts February 15, 2013 at 10:41 PM
this is my cat it happened to i heard the shot when it happened as i told spca police and the news people there is no neighbors on my right on the left they wouldnt harm my cat across the street they wouldnt either. there is another house at 14 tyrone road that is about 30 feet from my doorstep . now that cat was paralyzed from the waist down it dragged itself to my doorstep from wherever this all happened . which really only leaves one place where it makes sense this happened. short of actually witnessing it , it appears nothing will be done apparently i have to set up survelience cameras in my yard to keep me and my pets safe on my own property because nobody is doing anything here.
Mario A. Zeoli February 18, 2013 at 04:49 PM
My condolences to you Robert & Family. I just get so angry when heartless people do this kind of violence to animals especially to pets. Laws should be more servere on people who are convicted on crimes like this. A slap on the wrist is nothing or a small fine or short term jail time. Animals have rights too. Just like us. Make new Laws against cruelty to animals and see these M.F. ers go away for a long time in a real prison and let them think about what they did and how it effects Animal & Pet Lovers All Over The World. God Rest Her Soul. I'm So Sorry.....
Portia Torte February 24, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Google Bedford, NY Cat Killer. Just sayin'....
Robert Kitts March 03, 2013 at 11:09 PM
2 more cats have gone missing since this . s.p.c.a doing nothing about it whoever funds that organization should do some checking to make sure there money is being put to good use. when i called to notify them of another cat missing one of the officers could not figure out why i think me or my pets are under threat. i had to point out to him that 2 of my cats had already been shot and make not see im not crazy for saying there is a threat out there. this was also one of the officers who handled the case of the previous shot cat.
Robert Kitts April 09, 2013 at 09:18 PM
so now my cats are getting assaulted and coming back to home limping. i already keep then inside for 16 hours a day . apparently whoever was murdering these cats is now just kicking them . spca police have no advice on anything to do and think i am trying to engage in a argument when i call them for help. officer ross of the spca tried to explain that he told me before what can be done to help which is nudoring the animals?? which does nothing to protect them it just makes it so there is less cats around. looks like i will get no help from the law in anyway on this . granted spca police helped me get treatment for my cat that was shot, but that was not legal help to stop cats from getting attacked shot kicked or abused. so this is america your neighbor or people in your neighborhood can kill and assault your pets and the law will do nothing unless you have video photographs or a actual witness. it looks like i need to take matters into my own hands and find out a solution.
Robert Kitts April 10, 2013 at 03:58 PM
another cat is missing and presumed dead .last night at 730 pm i heard a cat meow very loudly like it was getting attack. i went outside to look around heard the noise again my neighbor across my street heard the noise also. He pointed the direction he heard it from . i called my cat and stayed out there but as the state police have already warned me about going on the road my neighbor lives on i could do nothing further. Now today one of my cats is missing . i will the spca and notify them of this even though they will do nothing and apparently though they like to pretend they care about animals they really do not .

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