Cat shot by pel­let gun in La Plata

Fe­line re­quired am­pu­ta­tion, po­lice seek­ing sus­pects

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in an an­i­mal cru­elty case af­ter a pet cat was found se­verely in­jured in La Plata, shot by a pel­let gun. A cash re­ward has been of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest.

Max­imus, a 12-pound cat, was found in­jured around 8:30 and 9 p.m. May 2 in the 5200 block of Cole­brook Street in La Plata, a Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice news re­lease states. It was ini­tially be­lieved he had been struck by a car, but doc­tors at the emer­gency an­i­mal clinic found he had been shot by a high-pow­ered pel­let gun, which re­quired them to am­pu­tate a leg.

Max­imus is cur­rently be­ing treated at the clinic.

As a small kit­ten, Max­imus was taken in by a park po­lice of­fi­cer Christi Mont­gomery while she was on a call, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The kit­ten jumped into the of­fi­cer’s car, and she and her 10-yearold daugh­ter have cared for him since no one ever claimed him.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this case is asked to call Charles County An­i­mal Con­trol, Of­fi­cer Gustafson, at 301-609-3431. Charles County Crime Solvers is of­fer­ing a cash re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the sus­pect, or sus­pects. Tip­sters wish­ing to re­main anony­mous may con­tact Charles County Crime Solvers by call­ing 1-866-411-TIPS, tex­ting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or sub­mit­ting tips on­line at tip­sub­mit.com.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE CHARLES COUNTY SHER­IFF’S OF­FICE

Max­imus is still re­cov­er­ing from an am­pu­ta­tion af­ter it was dis­cov­ered he had been shot by a high-pow­ered pel­let gun. Here, Christi Mont­gomery’s 10-year-old daugh­ter lays with her cat.

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