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For the past five weeks, someone has been shooting and injuring cats in an Oakland neighborhood with a pellet gun, officials say. One cat was euthanized because of the extent of its injuries.
Oakland Animal Services has taken in four cats suffering from severe injuries over the past month. The felines were found within a two-mile radius of the Lower Dimond neighborhood, and their injuries appear to have come from the same type of weapon.
All three surviving cats have been treated and are recovering at Oakland Animal Services and partner shelters.
Friends of Oakland Animal Services is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
“Serial animal abuse is a known precursor to violence against humans as well,” states the GoFundMe created to bring the alleged cat shooter to justice. “It is critical that the person or persons responsible for injuring Frankie and Percy, and for killing the sweet tabby boy who could not recover from his injuries, be held accountable.”
Donations to the campaign will contribute to the reward. If the reward is not paid out, the money will support Oakland Animal Services by funding medical care and other services.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Control at 510-535-4895.
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