Sheriff’s office investigating cat shooting

cat shooting

These two cats and five others are currently being boarded at Freeport Pet Clinic while Jennings, Crow and Stitt work to set up a new refuge for the cat colony.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a cat shooting in Freeport after receiving a letter from a national advocacy organization dedicated to felines.

The incident occurred on Aug. 25 when Cyndi Jennings and neighbor Terry Stitt went in search of a missing feral female cat they had been feeding. While searching they were startled by the sound of a gunshot.

"I heard a gun shot and saw a man standing with a rifle of some kind and realized he was going to shoot again," Stitt explained. "I ran toward him and tried to get his attention and he shot again. I yelled at him, 'Sir, did you just shoot a cat?' He said yes and I asked where it went. I walked through some ditch and picked up the bloody cat."

After a shot to the stomach and a second shot to the head, the cat — which was named Momma Cat — was still moving its legs. Stitt said she remembers calling out, "It's still alive" and hearing the man's reply, "Do you want me to finish it off?"

Stitt held the cat, tears running down her face, asking the man why he shot the animal. He reportedly told her that a cat had been spraying and throwing up on his truck as well as using his yard as a litter box. Stitt told the man the cat he shot was a young female and not likely the culprit.

"All he said was, 'Wrong cat,' " she said.

Jennings ' boyfriend Mark Crow immediately made a call to the Walton County Sheriff's Office. After arriving on scene, the officer met with Stitt, who was burying the cat. After speaking with both sides, the deputy decided there was no “criminal act” since the neighbor shot a firearm on his own property. The police report states the neighbor "shot the cat in his yard in a safe manner."

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