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Kuna resident’s cat shot in head; reward offered for info leading to animal cruelty conviction

A cat that was outside in Kuna’s Hayfield subdivision for a couple
hours Wednesday morning was shot in the head, according to the Idaho
Humane Society.poor kitty

The cat’s owner, who found the injured animal in the front yard,
rushed him to the shelter clinic for treatment. X-rays taken at the
shelter showed a bullet entered through the back of the cat’s
head — missing its cranium by millimeters — and exited its forehead,
just above his nose.

The cat, named Dexter, is alert and responsive, but he lost his right
eye. Veterinarians are concerned about brain swelling, and they are
going to watch the cat closely for the next couple days. If the cat
survives that long, he stands a good chance of recovering, shelter
officials say.

“Cats are amazingly resilient animals, and despite this severe and
barbaric injury, at this point we are optimistic that Dexter can go on
to enjoy life with his owners,” said veterinarian Tatiana Gephart in a
press release.

The Idaho Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can
provide information that leads to an animal cruelty conviction against
the person responsible for this cat’s injuries. Anyone who heard a
gunshot or saw the incident involving the cat this morning between 7
a.m. and 9 a.m. in Kuna is asked to call the Idaho Humane Society
Animal Care & Control, 343-3166.

Posted in Our Towns, Pets Unleashed