The cat was retrieved by sheriff’s deputies and named Felix. She was given to the Humane Society shelter in Lincoln where staff noticed that she wouldn’t eat. Upon further investigation, they discovered that Felix had been shot. A cut on her nose turned out to be an entry wound from a shotgun shell pellet which injured the roof of her mouth and her tongue before exiting through her chin.
Staff at the shelter say that Felix may not make it, and that if she continues not eating, they may have to insert a feeding tube.
Felix was not a stray; she was someone’s pet. She was spayed and declawed and was found in the dumpster with her litter box. Authorities have no evidence to suggest that she was shot intentionally.
It’s hard to piece together a narrative for Felix. The presence of the litter box leads me to think that there was significant forethought put into dumping the cat but the fact that only one pellet wounded Felix makes me think that she was shot accidentally and not purposefully. It’s difficult to reconcile an accidental shooting at a range where a cat was taken intentionally to be dumped.
Several people have made donations to help cover Felix’s veterinary costs and have offered to adopt her but the staff at the shelter say it’s too soon to be thinking of a permanent home for her in her current state, saying she’s “not out of the woods yet.”
Authorities are trying to find Felix’s owner or any information about why she was abandoned.
We find ourselves being justifiably horrified when we heard of people treating animals in this way. According to all accounts by staff at the shelter, Felix is a happy and affectionate cat. Staff say that she is in good spirits and friendly despite all she has been through. How could a person shoot an animal and dump her in a trash can?
We can only hope that Felix survives and finds a loving home to take her in. We can only hope that her owner is found.
But most importantly, we should understand that no animal ever deserves to be shot and left for dead. If the story of Felix tugs on your heart strings, you should ask yourself why we’re horrified by a cat shot and left for dead but we accept “sports” like hunting as honored traditions or why we treat animal slaughter as a banal part of everyday life.