A cat brought to a York County animal shelter appears to have been shot in the foot, according to Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter Director Ann Behrendt.
Behrendt said a stray gray and white cat was turned in to her shelter on May 2. The cat had an injured leg, was severely malnourished, weighing only four pounds, and infested with fleas.
When the vet x-rayed the cat, they discovered what looked liked shotgun pellets in her rear leg. The SPCA has been notified of the case, Behrendt said.
Behrendt said the cat's leg is very infected and swollen like a balloon. However, before the vet can remove the shotgun pellets, the cat must gain weight and the infection will have to be treated.
The cat's toes and wrist are currently broken and, if the toes don't heal on their own, the leg will need to be amputated.
Behrendt said vet bills for this cat could add up to over $1,000. Heavenly Paws Animal Shelter is accepting donations to help pay for the cat's care. She said the shelter is also caring for two other cats that may also need a leg amputation.