Cat shot with pellet gun, owners seeks answers to crime
BOKEELIA, Fla. - More than 24-hours after a neighbor found the cat badly hurt, the owner knew his only chance of survival was to rush him to the closest vet.
Helpless yet brave, 8-year-old Blizzard saw his owner for the first time today at Pine Island Animal Clinic.
His swollen eye and bruised mouth reveal the magnitude of his pain. An X-ray image shows where the bullet ricocheted into his jaw.
Monday morning, A neighbor discovered Blizzard under his owner's truck. His face was swollen and he could barely move.
And when owner Jason Depalma finally saw his little guy, he couldn't believe it.
"It looked like he had gotten in a cat fight and I thought initially [he] had lost his eye because all I saw was an eye socket full of blood," explained Depalma.
The vet says Blizzard was shot in the head with a pellet gun, while perhaps roaming the block.
"What do you have to say to whoever did this out?" asked Fox 4 to Depalma. "That I don't know if they realize the consequences of their actions, or if they even care, but in my opinion they're a sociopath," he said.
Dr. Kendra Techeira, one of the veterinarians treating Blizzard, is monitoring the bullet still lodged in his head.
"We don't know if we can save the eye," said Dr. Techeira. "The vision might be permanently gone."
As Depalma took pictures to send his mom in New York, Blizzard patiently waited for what's next. Vets say he can return home soon, with a road to recovery that's no guarantee.
"We're just monitoring right now to make sure at least no other complications occur, monitoring his pain because I'm sure he has a pretty wicked headache," added Dr. Techeira.
Blizzard's owner says he plans to file a report with the Lee County Sheriff's office and will offer a cash reward that leads to an arrest. If you have any information, call Depalma at (845) 240-3859. A fund is also set-up at Pine Island Animal Clinic for Blizzard.
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