Cat survives 17 pellet shots to the head

A young male cat, named Joe by staff at the Sarnia Humane Society animal shelter, was found Sunday...

A young male cat, named Joe by staff at the Sarnia Humane Society animal shelter, was found Sunday with 17 pellet wounds in his head. The incident is being investigated by Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals agents. (Submitted photo)

Paul Morden, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

SARNIA, Ont. — A cat is in stable condition but may lose an eye after it was found with 17 pellets in its head Sunday in Bright’s Grove, Ont.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating the shooting.

A man on his way home from church spotted the cat “half dragging himself alongside the road,” Donna Pyette of the Sarnia Humane Society said.

The man stopped, saw the injuries to the cat’s head and brought it to the shelter.

Shelter staff have named the cat Joe.

“We have to get his strength up before we can do any kind of surgery, or even think of surgery, to remove the pellets,” she said.

“We’re hopeful he’s going to make it; a lot will tell in the next couple of days.”


The veterinarian guesses the injuries are about a week old, Pyette said.

“Definitely someone either held him down, or put his head in a vice to inflict that kind of pain.”

She said the veterinarian is hopeful all 17 pellets can be removed, but the surgery and care are expected to be costly so the humane society is asking for donations.

The humane society is also asking for anyone with information about the shooting to call the shelter at 519-344-7064.

“It was definitely done deliberately, raising a huge concern about the kind of individual that would do something like this,” Pyette said.


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