Cat shot by pellet gun in Tucson - Tucson News Now

Cat shot by pellet gun in Tucson

The pellet is still lodged in Sam the cat (Source: Charles Rodgers). The pellet is still lodged in Sam the cat (Source: Charles Rodgers).
An x-ray of the cat shows the location of the pellet (Source: Tucson News Now). An x-ray of the cat shows the location of the pellet (Source: Tucson News Now).
Rodgers provided x-rays of his cat, Sam (Source: Tucson News Now). Rodgers provided x-rays of his cat, Sam (Source: Tucson News Now).
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson man claims someone shot his cat with a pellet gun near Speedway Boulevard and Main Avenue.

Sam is a bold neighborhood tabby cat, who Charles Rogers adopted three months ago.

On Friday, March 10, Rogers noticed Sam wasn't acting like himself. The 1-year-old male feline doesn't usually sit still.

“We picked him up and started examining him and he let out these terrible sounds like he was in a lot of pain,” Rogers said.

Once at the veterinarian, Rogers learned his cat had a pellet stuck in his belly.

“It had gone all the way through his abdomen all the way to the other side and had somehow missed all his major organs," he said. “We feel incredibly blessed, Sam is alive, that he didn’t need surgery.”

Rogers has filed a report with Tucson police in hopes the suspect can be found and this doesn't become a trend.

“If someone’s willing to shoot a BB gun in a neighborhood and harm a cat, then what’s to say they aren’t willing to harm a dog or shoot a window or a child?" he asked.

Sam has since recovered from his wound and is back to his playful self.

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