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Tuesday, May 15, 2012County: Story
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Ron Carson wasn't home Tuesday night when a neighbor saw his 10-year-old cat, Star, limping to his house in Ames.
"She just got across the driveway and collapsed," he said. A blow dart to the chest had fatally injured Star.
So his neighbor rushed the muted calico to the small-animal hospital at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Carson got the message later and took off for the hospital. But he didn't get a chance to see the cat alive.
"By the time I got there, it was all over," he said.
Carson said he and his daughter were "functioning wrecks" on Wednesday. They have two other cats that always stay on the homestead. Star was more of an explorer.
Lorna Lavender, director of Ames' animal shelter and animal services, said the incident happened about 8 p.m.
Because of the deep penetration of the dart, Lavender said, it appears the animal was shot at close range, and may have even been called over before it was shot.
She said the evidence suggests the case did not involve a nuisance cat, or a hunter taking a shot.
"This was a case of animal cruelty," Lavender said.
Right now, her office is canvassing the neighborhood, posting fliers and collecting information.
There are no suspects. Because animal and human cruelty can be linked, Lavender said she hopes the culprit is found and gets help.
"For their sake, I hope they get caught," she said.
Valerie Stallbaumer who discovered the cat struggling to walk in her neighbor's driveway about 8 p.m. Tuesday said she started a reward fund for information leading to the arrest of the person or people involved in the shooting. She has contributed $100.
Anyone with information can call animal control at 515-231-1080 or Ames police at 515-239-5133.
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