Coalville cat shot in eye, dies
A North Summit cat succumbed to its injuries last weekend after being shot in the eye, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office call logs.
The report states the incident allegedly occurred Friday, June 26 in Coalville. Animal Control received the case on Sunday, June 28, and it was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on Monday, June 29.
The cat’s owner reportedly noticed an injury to its left eye when it returned home at approximately 11 p.m., according to Delores Ovard, field supervisor with Animal Control. The cat had surgery on Saturday, but died on Sunday.
The Sheriff’s Office call logs indicate that the vet originally thought the injury was from blunt force trauma, but eventually discovered the animal had been shot. It has not been determined if the weapon used was a BB or a pellet gun.
The owner described the cat as an outdoor pet who frequently roamed the area, Ovard said. However, she said Animal Control has not received any complaints of cats in the area.
The case is under investigation, but there are no suspects. An animal cruelty citation would be levied in this situation, Ovard said. Animal cruelty is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable upon conviction by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
"Since there are no ballistics on those, it’s pretty hard to chase where those came from," Ovard said. "And she didn’t even know where the cat was when it was shot. So it’s really hard to prove something like that and the only way to be able to find out who did it would be if someone said something through word of mouth."
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