Family cat shot with BB gun on Wilmington Island

Published: Sep. 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A 4-year-old feline is in the fight of his life; someone shot the Novak's family pet twice with some sort of BB gun using pointed metal pellets.

The family is holding out hope their little girl's pet will pull through after a senseless act of animal cruelty.

"We were just in shock that somebody could shoot a cat," mother Brittani Novak said.

The Novaks moved to Wilmington Island about six months ago with Punkin, who is quite the man around town.

"He's really friendly, really nice." Brittani said. "All of our neighbors know him, they don't know us, but they know our cat. There's several of them that we've spoken to after this, that they actually leave food out just for him."

It all transpired Labor Day, when Punkin was sunning himself on someone's car. After the shooting, he managed to drag himself across the parking lot, and ended up under bushes under a house where a neighbor found him, who initially thought he may have been bit by a snake.

The wounds on his hind paws looked like puncture wounds, possibly from a bite, but an x-ray clearly shows Punkin was shot not once, but twice.

With the bullets still lodged near his spine, Brittani has been working with him everyday on getting his hind legs to respond, and for the second time in two days, Punkin stretched his hind legs.

It's a little sign like that means the world to Brittani and her little girl McKenzie.

"She's trying to adjust that she can't play with him the same way, that he can't sit on her lap, that's more frustrating for her and him." Brittani said.

Even more frustrating is the fact the Novaks don't feel safe letting little McKenzie outside to play.

"If that would have missed," Brittani pauses. "If that would have missed that cat, and would have bounced off the car and ricocheted, it could have hit my kid."

Dr. Reidlinger and Wilmington Island Animal Hospital told the Novaks that taking the bullets out of Punkin will do more harm than good.

In the meantime, the family is working SCMPD and have reached out to the Homeowners Association for help trying to find out who shot Punkin and why.

Now, Brittani was supposed to be job hunting this week, but has been nursing Punkin which means bills are beginning to pile up, but Punkin's people friends are pulling together.

He has his own Facebook page #justiceforPunkin.

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