Published: Jun 18, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 18, 2013 6:58 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Lee County Domestic Animal Services is seeking information regarding the person or persons responsible for shooting a cat in the area of Winker and McGregor Blvd.

The cat was found by a nearby resident on May 31, who took him to a veterinarian for treatment. It was confirmed that the cat was shot in the front left leg with a .22 caliber bullet.

This is the second cat shooting in less than two months that Animal Services has investigated. A cat was shot in Lehigh Acres in late April. Shooting animals is a felony punishable by up five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.

Susan Johnston, who found the 1 ½ year old cat, named him Kevin. She reports that he is healing and doing well although he still hobbles on three legs. Kevin uses the injured leg to balance himself and does not appear to be in any pain according to Johnston. She also added that he is very docile in nature and extremely well-socialized. Johnston would like to find a home for him and asks anyone interested in adopting him to contact her at (239) 482-0271.

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. 

Johnston says she found the cat limping in her yard, but had no idea it was shot until she brought it to the vet. She says, "had it gone untreated, (he would have) died a slow and painful death. And he is a sweet little guy, no pet, no animal deserves that."

Johnston is taking care of the cat for now, but with two other pets already, she hopes she can find it a new and loving home. "He purrs non-stop, he plays, he's extremely docile, and would make a tremendous pet."

Ria Brown at Lee County Domestic Animal Services says, "we want people to know this is not something you do if you have a cat problem. You can call our agency, talk to neighbors, you can't just shoot a cat. It's hard to describe in words how you feel when an animal has been shot. It's inexcusable and it's against the law."