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 firstname.lastname@example.org.