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Cat shot on Lawton's west side, thigh bone shattered

Lawton_Someone shot a one-year-old cat in the leg near Northwest 40th Street between Cache Road and Gore Boulevard in Lawton.  The bullet shattered Prince Midnight's thigh bone, and a veterinarian repaired the bone with pins to hold it together.  The vet says that he hopes the cat's leg will heal properly.

Prince Midnight's owner, Sherry Bly, is terribly upset, and has filed a police report.  She says she hopes someone knows who would do something so cruel to her favorite feline.  The cat was limping around the office of veterinarian Dr. Robert Bower on Tuesday, trying to get used to having pins in his leg.  It was only last week Bly let him outside to play in the yard - something she's done hundreds of times before.  "He never showed back up," she said.  "He was gone one night, and crawled back home up against my patio door the next afternoon, and the poor little thing he knew to come home, but he'd been hurt really bad."

Bly says she thought Prince Midnight had been hit by a car, but when she took him to the vet, the x-ray revealed his injury was no accident.  "When we radiographed him, we saw he was shot," said Bower.  "It shattered his femur - broke in about six different places - a mid-shaft fracture.  We had to repair it with an intra-regulatory pin and some wiring." 

Bower says this isn't the first time he has treated injuries caused by someone shooting a pet.  He says he sees about six animals with gunshot wounds per year.  "This is evil, this is one of God's little creatures and you should not shoot them," said Bly.  "You should not treat them this way.  This is awful.  I am really, really angry about this, and people who love animals will be angry about this, too."

Bly says that the cat did not have a collar to show that he wasn't a stray, but she says she doesn't think it mattered to whoever shot him.  "They probably thought it was fun to do this.  No, they know better than that, but even if they're stray, no animal should be treated like this."  Fortunately the damage to the cat's leg wasn't as severe has it could have been.  "If there was nothing left, no bone left to put back together, we probably would have had to amputate the leg," said Bower.  "Fortunately, there was enough bone chips that I could place them back and wire them together."

Prince Midnight will be loved no matter what.  "He will be a little cripple cat the rest of his life, but he will be loved."  Bower says the leg did not get infected, and is hopeful the cat will make a full recovery.  Bly says she worries that her neighborhood could be dangerous if people are shooting guns in an area where children play.  She says that if someone would shoot a cat, they would probably do it to anyone.

Shooting a pet is a felony in Oklahoma, and the penalty can be a maximum sentence of five years served in prison.

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