A Sacramento-based animal protection organization is offering a $2,500 reward in an effort to find a person who shot a Woodland cat with a pellet gun earlier this month.
RedRover, a national nonprofit organization, is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and arraignment of whoever shot the 3-year-old orange tabby named Annie.
Annie's owner, Amanda Hartman of Woodland, came home from work March 13 and found Annie motionless in the driveway of her Owens Valley Drive home. She initially thought Annie had been hit by a car and rushed the cat to the UC Davis Small Animal Clinic. An examination and X-rays determined that a pellet gun bullet was lodged near Annie's spine and she was partially paralyzed, according to a news release.
Annie was sent home with medication and pain reliever, but she died of her injury March 22.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff's Office at (530) 668-5287, option 0.
"We hope our reward will encourage someone who knows more about this blatant animal cruelty to come forward with information that could help solve this crime and make the community safer," Nicole Forsythe, RedRover's president and CEO, said in a written statement. "Violence toward animals is often a precursor to violence toward people, so Woodland residents have a stake in seeing that whoever committed this illegal act is punished to the full extent of the law."