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Cat recovering from bullet wounds

By Staff | Dec 20, 2011

A Pine Island resident received a phone call from her son on Dec. 19 to tell her that their domestic cat was found under their car bleeding from his head, eye and nose due to a bullet wound.

Lori DePalma, who lives on Thomas Street, said her cat, Blizzard, was shot twice.

“Yesterday morning my neighbor thought she heard three shots,” she said Tuesday morning.

DePalma is currently in New York taking care of her sister and left her son and his girlfriend in charge of taking care of the dogs and cats.

She said when she travels up north, her son’s girlfriend, who lives next door, takes their big dog for a walk every morning. When the dog goes for a walk, their two domestic cats go for their morning exercise as well.

DePalma said her son’s girlfriend noticed that neither of the cats joined her for the walk Monday morning. Blizzard was found under the car in the driveway once she returned from the walk and noticed that he was not moving and was bleeding from the head, eye and nose.

“Blizzard was laying there and bleeding very badly,” she said. “I think this is a disgrace, I think it is disgusting.”

The first gunshot wound came as a surprise to the family. DePalma said she felt a little bump on Blizzard a few weeks ago but thought it was a bug bite. Once Blizzard was taken to the Pine Island Animal Clinic the veterinarians informed them it was a pellet.

“We didn’t know he was shot in the rib cage area,” DePalma said. “To shoot a domestic cat is sick.”

Although the vet believes Blizzard will have no vision in his eye, he was doing a little better on Tuesday.

“He is going to pull through,” DePalma said.

DePalma said Blizzard goes on a three mile walk every day with her and goes up to everybody to say hello.

“He is not afraid of nothing,” she said.

The family will give a reward to the individual who leads them to the person who shot their cat. Anyone who has any information can call her son Jay at 239-283-3677.

“This person is going to be found,” DePalma said.

She found Blizzard in a snow bank in the Poconos, which is where his name came from, when he was 7 weeks old. He is now 7- years old.