Cat surviving suspected pellet gun injuries in Naples clinic

Published: March 3, 2016 10:44 PM EST
Updated: March 4, 2016 10:52 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. – A Golden Gate cat was intentionally shot with a pellet gun multiple times, clinic employees said Thursday.

Birdie the cat was saved by a woman and is surviving injuries to her backside at a Naples clinic. She has little control over her bowel movements and fragments from the bullets are still embedded in her.

But surgery could make Birdie’s injuries worse, Naples Cat Alliance employees said.

Megan Sorbara of the cat alliance originally suspected Birdie may have been hit by a car. X-ray results revealed otherwise.

“Most likely this was intentional just to get rid of them, target practice or for fun. Whatever sick little game they are playing. It’s really sad,” she said.

Birdie’s condition is improving and she is expected to be in her best condition in six months. Her treatments so far have costed $1,500.

“You can pinch and she wouldn’t react and now she turned and gave a little growl,” Sorbara said.

Sorbara said much of Birdie’s recovery is owed to the woman who saved her in Golden Gate.

“Thank God she did. She definitely would have died out there,” she said.

Shooting and abusing animals is criminal, according to Florida law. Anyone who recognizes the cat or knows who hurt it is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 239-252-9250.

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