YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Dead Cats in Palm Desert
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CREATED Sep. 20, 2013
PALM DESERT - A woman claims she found a dead cat that was shot in the head, but not before finding other dead cats that she believes were deliberately killed.
"My rescue partner, Tina Miller, visits this area. She helps feed some of the cats in the area," said Cathy Borrego from Pretty Good Cat, "When she arrived, she recognized three of the cats that she's familiar with, deceased, where they look like they had actually been killed and then mutilated."
According to Borrego, this happened Thursday afternoon in front of Burrtec Waste Management on Corporate Way and Lennon Place. This area in Palm Desert is known for its feral cats, so for the employees nearby, it's not unusual to see dead cats lying around. One worker noticed two of the cats, that Borrego and her rescue partner had seen, had been lying there for at least two days.
"We tried to report this to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, but they really had no involvement," said Borrego, explaining that an officer took a statement of the incident, but filed no police report due to lack of information.
She added there was an even more disturbing sight at the same location later on Thursday.
"We just happened to be in the area responding to another dog emergency and decided to come by when we were just minutes away from an animal who had just expired who had been shot in the head," shared Borrego, "We took the dead body to VCA hospital to verify that the animal had been shot."
Friday, a veterinarian at VCA hospital in Indio spoke on behalf of the veterinarian who treated the cat the previos evening.
"We took some x-rays and it appeared it had been shot with a bullet. There are some fragments as you can see on the x-ray on the skull," pointed William Farber, Staff Veterinarian, at the x-rays of the dead cat.
He added that this was an unusual case.
"Sometimes we do have animals that do come in with wounds from pellets, bullets, BBs, but it is unusual to see an animal come in that was shot at a close-range," said Dr. Farber.
It is unclear as to what kind of weapon was used. Riverside County Animal Services picked up the other dead cats on Lennon Place and said it will investigate their deaths. At this time, they are not sure whether it is an animal cruelty case, meanwhile Borrego believed the attacks were pre-meditated.
"To find the people, person who is doing this to these animals and have them convicted."