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Friday, June 20, 2014

FTPD Investigating Neighborhood Cat Found Shot, Dumped in Nearby Bushes

Otto, found shot in Fort Thomas/Facebook

Fort Thomas Police are investigating the suspected shooting of a neighborhood cat in Fort Thomas, the FTPD reports.

The cat, Otto, is reported to have suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest and then thrown into the brush behind the owner's home on Burney Lane.

"Otto was a gentle soul who loved everyone and liked to snuggle in our laps," says the Facebook page Justice for Otto, started in support of the owners and the pending investigation.

Sherry Thomes, owner of the cat said that Otto was in great health. According to her, the 13-year old cat was a creature of habit. When he didn't return back to their house after being out that night, she knew something was wrong.

"We looked for him in the woods for a few days. I found him laid out very awkwardly in some brush and had the initial reaction that a bird of prey had picked him up and laid him there," said Thomes. "When I got back home and cooled off, I looked at him and he had a small entry wound and larger exit wound. I'm 100% sure he was shot."

According to Thomes, that's what the Fort Thomas Police Detective initially said when he saw the cat's body. "He said 'Wow, that's a bullet hole. It looks like a .22 (caliber).'"

FTPD are currently investigating on charges of animal cruelty, a felony that can carry up to a five-year prison sentence, according to FTPD Lieutenant Rich Whitford. The apparent discharge of a firearm is also under investigation.

If you have any information, please contact the Fort Thomas Police Department at 859-441-6562.

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