Six Cats Shot And Thrown In Ditch
by Elisa Black-Taylor
My daughter entered the room as I began to write this article about six cats in Wakulla County, Florida who were shot and thrown in a ditch. I told her I was writing my next story and she asked me the subject. “Six cats shot and thrown in a ditch,” I told her. She stopped what she was doing, looked at me and said “Mama, I’m going to quit asking you what you’re writing about!”
I can assure everyone I don’t do these stories because I want to. I feel I have a duty to cat lovers everywhere to warn them there are plenty of evil people in the world and cats are not safe outdoors in many areas. For every abuse case I write of, there are ten I don’t. It’s difficult to pick and choose because all of them are equally important.
If I wrote on every cat abuse case I receive information on, I honestly feel no one would want to read my articles. Even now, titles that suggest cat abuse have a high chance of being written by me. I really hate to be seen as a “gloom and doom” reporter. Every now and then I find a happy story. They are few and far between these days.
I write a lot on cat abuse cases that cross the line when it comes to harming or killing a cat. I remember years ago cats were either hit by cars, killed by wild animals or shot by cat haters. Today there is “creative cat abuse and killing.” I hate to use that term, but it’s true. Sicko’s out there seem to be searching for the worst torture imaginable to inflict pain or death on an innocent cat – see also Pictures of Animal Abuse (opens in a new window).
Part of my work is to make everyone aware these people are out there. Hopefully a few of you will take my stories seriously and do what it takes to protect your cats.
Now for the story of the six cats from Wakulla County, Florida (see map) who were shot and thrown into a ditch. I chose it because of the number of cats involved in this one case. The police need help in identifying the murderer(s).
This happened on Christmas Day, 2010 and one of the cats experienced a Christmas miracle. She survived the shooting. All six cats were found in the Apalachicola National Forest in Wakulla County. Deputies investigating believe the cats were struck by an unknown object before being shot, wrapped in newspaper and dumped in a ditch.
The surviving cat suffered a broken hip and was taken by the hunter for medical treatment. Bonnie Brinson, founder of CauzicanCare Rescue, told TV station WCTV the three month old survivor, a calico they have named Robbie, will be cared for by the animal shelter until she is able to be adopted out. Bless you, dear hunter. Not everyone would have taken the time to save a seriously wounded kitten
There were four spent shotgun shells found at the scene. Cases like this make me wonder if the killer was trying to see how many cats he could kill with each shell. Did he kidnap them and take them there to murder them? The location leads me to think they may have been the family pet and he planned the whole execution. The references don’t state how many were grown cats and how many were kittens. I’d love to know if it was a mother cat and her litter.
The police need help from the public in identifying those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Department at 850-926-7171.
Readers, let’s spread this article around. This is another case of cat abuse where someone probably went home with blood on them. Someone in that area is probably bragging to a buddy or two about the crime. This person should be easy to find if we get the word out. Don’t let them get away with five murders and an attempted murder.
People who commit this kind of abuse are very dangerous and we need to do all we can to find and punish them.
If anyone has heard more on this case, please post it here at pictures-of-cats.org. Those who live in Florida may hear an update before I do.
Here are a few of my previous articles that fall into this same category.