Police investigating BB gun shootings involving cats

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HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP)— High Point Police are trying to figure out who is shooting cats with a BB gun in one neighborhood.

The last shooting took place on West State Avenue on Saturday. Betsy Bailey’s cat, Lucky, died after a pellet from a BB gun shattered his hip and severed his leg.

Bailey called the shooting senseless.

“When they run out of shooting cats, what are they going to shoot next–kids, dogs?” Bailey said.

A cat belonging to her neighbor, Johhny Goins, was shot with a BB pellet last year. The pellet is still in the cat’s back.

“She’s OK. She’s not in any pain. It’s between her spine and her skin. It’ll heal over,” Goins said.

Bailey and Goins said there have been many more BB gun shootings than just these two over the past year, though some were not reported to police.

“You can’t go around breaking people’s heart. When you shoot somebody’s animal, that breaks their heart,” Bailey said.

Shooting an animal with a BB gun can result in charges of cruelty to animals. Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Crimestoppers at (336) 889-4000. Callers can remain anonymous.