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Reward grows in Tampa cat shooting, near-drowning

The cat, now called Lovey, was shot by a BB gun, then rescued and taken to a veterinarian.


The cat, now called Lovey, was shot by a BB gun, then rescued and taken to a veterinarian.

TAMPA — The reward for finding the people who shot a cat with pellets, put her in a cage and tossed her in McKay Bay to drown has swelled to $6,770 — but there are still no arrests.

Now named Lovey, the cat was shot at least 30 times with a BB gun, put in a carrier marked "Kitty Penitentiary" and dumped in the bay. She was saved a week ago when a passerby pulled her from the water and took her to a veterinarian in Brandon.

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay put up $500 for information leading to an arrest. Then a Bradenton store owner kicked in $500. Then more donors called the Humane Society to offer money.

Marti Ryan, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough County Animal Services, said the agency is pursuing leads in the case.

Anyone with information can call Hillsborough County Animal Services at (813) 744-5660 or e-mail

Reward grows in Tampa cat shooting, near-drowning 09/07/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 10:44pm]
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