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Shot, Mauled, Or Drowned? What Happened To This Boca Raton Cat?

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Animal Control Says It Wasn’t Shot. Residents Say It Was.


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BOCA RATON, FL ( — A small group of West Boca Raton residents says the cat it cared for, loved and cherished was shot in the face or head and dumped in a canal near Sacco Drive. The residents want justice and have offered a $1,000 fine for information leading to the “arrest and prosecution” of whoever is responsible.

But as we reported late last week, Palm Beach County Animal Control says there’s no reason to believe the cat was the victim of foul play.

After our article on Friday, where Animal Control Capt. David Walesky told that there was no evidence the cat was shot, area residents sent us photos of the dead cat as it was found in a canal. Those residents assert that the cat was clearly shot in the face or head.

“He was shot in the head and thrown in the canal,” said Misty Summer. “Now (the cat’s) girlfriend is sick and unable to find him.”

Dead cat (left) and his girlfriend (right) according to West Boca Raton residents who claim the cat was shot in the head or face.

But Capt. Walesky, who says the cat was buried before Animal Control officers could investigate, told that there is no reason to believe a gunman is on the loose targeting furry felines. He said the cat could have been mauled by an alligator, attacked by another animal, or just fell into the canal and drowned.

That could account for its bloated appearance.

“Not true,” says another homeowner calling “I’m willing to dig up the cat for an autopsy. But there is no evidence anymore because the cat’s face is gone.”

Anyone with definitive, actionable information should call Palm Beach County Animal Control at 561-233-1200.


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