Jaffrey: Police investigate shooting of cat

  • Mittens was described by his owner, Robyn Amadon, as “a gentle, sweet cat who loved snuggling on a warm lap in front of the pellet stove.” COURTESY PHOTO

  • Veterinarians determined that a BB gun shot led to Mitten’s paralysis. Mittens was shot Sunday and had to be euthanized Monday as a result of injuries sustained.  COURTESY PHOTO

  • Veterinarians determined that a BB gun shot led to Mitten’s paralysis. Mittens was shot Sunday and had to be euthanized Monday as a result of injuries sustained.  COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/18/2016 7:38:21 PM

When Robyn Amadon found her cat Mittens, dragging his hindquarters through the woods Sunday night, she feared he was attacked by an animal. 

“We rushed him to the vets, thinking a large animal had picked him up and shaken him,” said Amadon, of her 22-month-old cat. “We were shocked and saddened to learn that someone shot Mittens with a BB gun.”

Unfortunately for Amadon and her family, Mittens had to be euthanized Monday as a result of injuries sustained from the shooting. In addition to being paralyzed in the hind end, the shooting had caused kidney injuries and urine was leaking into his abdomen. 

“The hardest part of this is dealing with our toddler,” said Amadon, of her 4-year-old son. “He’s really sad and doesn’t really know what happened.”

Amadon is working with the Jaffrey Police Department to try to find the person responsible for shooting her cat. Amadon said she and her family are not necessarily looking to punish the person responsible; her family just wants justice for what happened.

“I don’t know if the person that did this realized the consequences of their actions,” said Amadon. “If it was a kid, I’d rather see them learn a lesson from this and maybe do some community service.”

Police Chief Bill Oswalt said Wednesday morning that his department has opened an investigation into the shooting, noting officers will be looking to the community for assistance.

“We are asking people in the community to come forward if they have any information on this case,” said Oswalt. “This is unacceptable behavior and has cause a family a lot of pain and suffering.”

Police currently do not have any leads, but suspect that a minor may be involved in the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Jaffrey Police Department at 532-7865. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT. 


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