COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Columbus Humane agents have been canvassing a southeast side neighborhood and handing out leaflets. The agents are looking for information that could lead them to who has shot at least two cats with a high-powered pellet gun near Hollowwood Avenue. They are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
The cats’ owner Tiffany Hill first reported her pet Bexley was shot on July 4th. Bexley’s leg had to be amputated. Then this past Saturday her other cat Jackson was shot in the throat.
“I am angry. And I am not going to stop until we get who is doing this. Because they are a danger,” said Hill.
Rachel Finney, CEO of Columbus Humane said they are trying to get to the bottom of who is causing harm to animals.
“We are talking about two cats who have such significant injuries that they are facing or have gone through amputation as a result. We want to take that seriously. That is important,” Finney said. “There is a very high correlation between harm to animals and harm to people. So we want to be sensitive to that. Anytime we recognize harm to an animal it’s an important indicator.”
Hill said she has been spaying and neutering her cats, as well as feeding and nurturing them. “We need to find out who is doing this and put a stop to it. The whole community needs to come together,” Hill said.
Hill said she worries the next shooting may be a child or elderly person.
“For any community member who has experienced someone behaving in an abusive or cruel way, you need to report it. It’s important. And our agency takes it very seriously and will do a thorough investigation,” Finney said.