Sheriff’s office investigating cat shooting

Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

"I explained to him about firing a firearm safely on his property and recommended that he not shoot anymore cats for safety reasons," the deputy wrote in his report.

"I told the officer, 'You just gave the guy the OK to shoot any cat in his yard,' " Crow told The Sun.

Stitt then appealed to the media, Alaqua Animal Refuge and other animal welfare organizations.

Alley Cat Allies, a national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, is investigating the Aug. 25 incident. They believe this was an act of animal cruelty and should be handled as such.

"We want justice and we want this person to be prosecuted," said Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies.

 The organization's staff attorney, Elizabeth Holtz, has already sent a letter to the WCSO and the Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit. The Sheriff's Office received the letter and now says the Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident.

"Since it is an open investigation I cannot comment until the case is closed," said WCSO Public Information Officer Catherine Rodriguez.

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