Reward of Up to $5,000 Offered in Cat-Shooting Case

After Cat's Leg Has to Be Amputated, PETA Seeks Public's Help in Nabbing Culprit(s)

For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Utica, N.Y. – PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty charges of the person(s) responsible for shooting Sammy, a cat who was found by his guardians on Wednesday evening on Arlington Road. They rushed him to a veterinary care office, where it was found that he’d been shot with a pellet gun—and his leg had to be amputated in order to save his life.

“This near-fatal attack is a stark reminder of the dangers that cats face when they’re left outdoors unprotected,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that this cat’s attacker can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that cats should never be let outdoors unattended. Those who are allowed to roam outside may contract diseases such as feline AIDS, be hit by cars, or be harmed by cruel humans, as in Sammy’s case.

Anyone with information about this case should contact the CNY SPCA at 315-748-8889.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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