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SPCA Offering Award After Finding Cat Shot in Face and Head


The Cortland County SPCA is offering a reward of $1,000 dollars for information that will lead to the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the suspect(s) involved in shooting a cat in the face and head. The reward is being sponsored and provided by the New York State Humane Association.

Yesterday, September 21st around noon, the SPCA Law Enforcement Department responded to the area of 786 NY-221, Country Meadows Mobile Home Park in the Town of Harford, NY.

A call came into the SPCA of a report of a cat in a have-a-heart trap near a residence. The cat, a male adult domestic shorthair with black/gray/tan tiger in color, named Winston.

Winston was found to be shot in the face and head, but was still alive. The pet owner did not have a veterinarian or money to provide the necessary emergency care for Winston.

A response from the SPCA’s law enforcement department, assisted by the New York State Police and New York State Environmental Conservation Police to investigate.

The cat was then taken to Cornell Companion Animal Hospital for emergency care and was treated for his injuries. Winston now appears stable, but lost the use of one eye as the result of the gunshot.

The Cortland County SPCA is seeking any information regarding who shot Winston. Those who call with tips can remain anonymous and contact SPCA Senior Investigator Kelly Brown at 607-749-0824 or via email at KBrown@CortlandSPCA.org.

The SPCA is also asking for monetary donations to help offset the cost of surgery and ongoing care for Winston.

You can donate online by clicking HERE.

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