BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A police chief in Mississippi says his department has received reports of pets being shot and wounded by pellet guns.
Brookhaven Police Chief Kenneth Collins credited the instances to kids in the area playing with BB guns, possibly new gifts received at Christmas, he added. Alderwoman-at-Large Karen Sullivan told Collins last week that more than one resident near the Vernondale neighborhood had complained about pets being shot and wounded, The Daily Leader reported.
Resident Michelle Fitzsimmons shared on a Vernondale neighborhood watch Facebook page that her cat Sherman was shot with a pellet gun on Jan. 20. A veterinarian removed the pellet from the cat’s knee on Thursday, she said. Fitzsimmons warned others to be aware of the issue and called for parents to practice gun safety with their children.
Animal Control officer Sharon Norton told the newspaper that her mother-in-law’s cat was shot in December, requiring the animal to receive screws in her leg and hip.
Norton added that it is a felony to shoot a pet, and violators may face fines and have to pay veterinarian bills.
Collins didn’t say if the department is investigating further.