TAMPA — George Hall said the reward just needs to be large enough.
Then whoever is responsible for shooting, caging and nearly drowning a cat in McKay Bay will be turned over to authorities.
On Thursday, Hall did his part: He put up a $500 reward for an arrest.
"I was outraged," said the owner of Discount Battery Supply in Bradenton. "We need to find out who did this."
With Hall's matching donation, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The larger the reward, the more likely someone will come forward, said Sherry Silk, the society's executive director.
"In our experience, somebody probably knows (who) did this," she said. "They are either bragging about it or talking about it."
Silk said she wants to see that person in jail for animal cruelty.
"Clearly, someone that would shoot a cat and then try to drown it is a very sick individual."
The black and white cat, named Lovey by employees at a veterinarian's office where it is recuperating, appears to be about 5 years old, but vets say it's hard to know for sure.
She was found by a passer-by early Wednesday with at least 30 BBs lodged in her body, locked in a carrier marked "Kitty Penitentiary Est. 2010," and left to drown. She was saved when the passer-by heard gurgling, pulled the cage from the water and brought the cat to the vet office.
It was too much for Hall.
"If my money is going to go somewhere, I can't think of a better place," he said.
Lovey will stay at the Florida Veterinary Specialists in Brandon for the next several days, said Nicole Shearer, a certified veterinary technician.
She is okay but on a steady supply of antibiotics, Shearer said. The biggest risk is infection.
The BBs will remain inside her, Shearer said. Her body will wall off the foreign objects and keep them from doing more damage.
Once she has recovered, Lovey will be set up in a foster home.
"It's only natural for us to get pretty attached to these cases," Shearer said.