Cat's leg amputated after shot at with pellet gun
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GREEN BAY, WI --A Green Bay family is devastated after a heartbreaking case of likely animal cruelty in the city. Their cat was forced to have it's leg amputated after being shot at with a pellet gun.
Jacob Sullivan never expected to see his beloved cat Ella with more than a dozen sutures and missing a leg.
"I don't understand why people hurt animals like they this," said Sullvian.
Ella accidentally got out of the house and when she came home a week later, she'd been shot at with a pellet gun. A gun used for small game hunting and target shooting.
Jacob says when he looks at Ella he feels helpless, he knows he can't stop the hurting.
"Watching her try to walk around with only three legs and hearing her meow in pain," Sullivan.
When Jacob's mom found Ella, she knew right away the injury was serious. She rushed her to Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon to see her vet. That's when she found out Ella needed to have surgery to remove her leg
"Ninety nine percent of the time it turns out to be a cruelty case and most of the time we never find out who did it," said Ella's vet Dr. Michael Gass, with the Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon.
In Green Bay, mistreating an animal can cost you a $366 fine, and the case could go to the DA for a misdemeanor charge. But, police say if your pet is loose on the street, you could be cited for having an animal at large and fined $366 dollars.
As for Ella, she is now on pain medication. Despite the pellet shards the vets weren't able to remove from her chest, she's expected to make a full recovery.
But the scars and her missing leg, will always be tough for Sullivan to look at.
"I hope that nothing like this...ever happens to any other cat," said Sullivan.