Another case of animal cruelty made the headlines this week when Oronoco, Minnesota resident Desirae Pegram’s cat was found shot through the head June 29. The family’s vet in Plainview checked out Two, a beautiful young male and found a bullet lodged in a cheekbone, barely missing an artery and his brain. Two is scheduled for surgery July 11.
Desirae posted a letter to the person who shot her cat on her Facebook page
To: The man who shot my cat,
I don’t know who you are or where you live, so I’m writing this letter hoping you will see this. I want you to know that the cat you shot was not “just a cat”, he is a family member, a kid’s best friend, a piece of my perfect family and most importantly a fighter!!!
I want you to know he is not dead and will make it!!! He will survive the thousands of dollars of surgeries that he will need to restore his beautiful face!! He will survive not being able to eat hard food ever again!!! He will survive the new fear of strangers!!! He will survive the pain you caused him!! He will survive!!
I’m not asking you to turn yourself in. I’m not asking you to pay the huge vet bills. All I ask from you is… put yourself in our shoes and try to see that you did not just hurt our cat, but you hurt the people who love that cat deeply. He might just be a cat to you, but he is a child to my husband and I and a best friend to all the kids in this town!
Next time a cat decides to cross your path, remember that the “cat” you see is not just a “cat” but a huge piece of someone’s family, so when you pull that trigger you are not just killing the “cat” but you are hurting the people who love him or her also.
The “cats” FAMILY
Desirae is upset, not only because the family cat is a best friend to the family but because Two was shot right in town where someone could have been injured. He was shot near the main city park after he’d gotten loose.
Dr. Nate Eversman of Plainview Vet Clinic stated in an interview with Fox News
“We’re not sure what kind of bullet at this point until we can do the surgery and remove it, but I’d say it’s a very lucky scenario based on where the wound is.”
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More than $1,000 has been spent to date to save Two’s life. Much more is needed to ensure he gets the best of care. A GoFundMe webpage has been set up to take donations and to post updates.