A $1,000 reward has been offered to help find the person or persons responsible for shooting a small domestic cat.

As a pet lover and the Hudson Valley "cat dad," it's so hard not to take a story like this personally. According to a press release from the Officers of the Putnam County SPCA Law Enforcement Division, a 7-year-old domestic black cat named "Simon" was wounded by gunfire in the town of Carmel.

Thankfully, the cat is in stable condition after a trip to the  Brewster Veterinary Hospital. It's believed that he was hit with either a high powered pellet gun or a very low caliber bullet. The incident may have happened between July 2-4.

Only metal fragments were found and the shot caused permanent damage to the cat's femur and pelvis.

According to NY State Law, the act is a felony. The New York State Humane Association, headquartered in Kingston, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the assault on the animal.

The Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division is investigating this crime and asks anyone having any information to please contact us at 845-520-6915. All calls can remain anonymous.

Credit: Putnam County SPCA

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