PALM COAST, Fla. – A pet cat was shot in the face and ultimately had to be euthanized because of her injuries, and deputies are looking for the person responsible, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Christina Deangelis told deputies she found her 5-year-old feline, named Baby Cat, severely injured in her driveway recently.
"At first I thought she was hit by a car," DeAngelis said. "I was looking a little bit closer, and she just turned her face to me and her whole jaw was hanging off. I thought it was gone. I didn't know what was going on."
DeAngelis rushed her pet to Flagler Animal Hospital, where the vet told her the cat had been shot in the face.
"I took her in to the vet, and she brought the x-rays and she was like, 'Your cat didn't get hit by a car, someone shot her,' and I just lost my mind," she said.
The vet said the bullet entered through the cat's jaw and then lodged above the shoulder. Baby Cat had to be euthanized because her injuries were so severe, deputies said. Flagler Animal Hospital notified the sheriff's office of the incident on Oct. 16.
"She was hurt so badly, and I'm sure she was scared, she didn't understand why this was happening and she had to be put to sleep," DeAngelis said.
Deangelis is worried that another one of her cats may have been killed as well, since the animal went missing earlier this month.
"If it could prevent them, or prevent something like this again, and causing so much heartache for someone and causing an innocent animal to be in so much pain, then I feel like I accomplished something," she said.
In her three years living Laguna Forest Trail, this is the first time she's ever had any problems regarding her pets.
"What's so upsetting is she had such a happy life, she was treated so well, and then the final hours of her life were just filled with fear and hate," DeAngelis said.
Deputies interviewed neighbors and checked with Palm Coast Animal Control for any recent complaints about cats in the neighborhood, but so far, no persons responsible have been identified.
Anyone with information about what happened to Baby Cat is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff's Office at 386-313-4911, or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477.