Published: Apr 25, 2013 2:03 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is seeking information regarding the person or persons responsible for shooting a cat in the area of a Lehigh Acres Sweetbay store. The cat was observed dragging her hind legs. A veterinarian performed x-rays of the cat that showed she had a pellet lodged in her spine. Due to the extensiveness of this injury, the cat could not be saved and was humanely euthanized.

“Obviously this was a deliberate intentional act of animal cruelty. Individuals found harming animals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” states Chief Glenn Johnson, LCDAS Operations Manager. Shooting animals is a felony punishable by up five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Animal Services considers crimes of this nature to be particularly cruel and disturbing and will investigate any leads for ultimate prosecution. Anyone with information regarding animal abuse is asked to call Animal Services at 239-533-7387. To be eligible to receive a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible, contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.