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[UPDATE] Several Cats Found Shot to Death in Apalachicola Forest

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

UPDATE 1-6-2010

A kitten that survived a brutal attack in the Apalachicola Forrest is recovering and now has a new home.

Six cats were found with gunshot wounds in the Apalachicola Forest on Christmas Day 12-25-2010, only one survived and that kitten has been adopted.

Here are photos of the kitten named Candy who has a new owner in Franklin County. The kitten was in the hospital for several days after the shootings. Her owner says Candy is recovering well.

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office is still investigating this animal cruelty case. Wakulla Animal Control says several people have come forward, willing to offer reward money to anyone who has any information on the shootings.

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UPDATE 12-28-2010 at 6:30pm by Jerry Askin

Five cats were shot to death at the Apalachicola Forest on Saturday morning and the sixth cat who survived is out of the hospital and doing fine now.

Animal Rescue officers say the three month old kitten named Robbie is recovering at the Cauzican Care Rescue Center in Crawfordville.

The veterinarian says the kitten has injuries to her lower back that are causing mild neurological problems. She also has shotgun pellets under her skin. But is expected to recover.

Bonnie Brinson founder of Cauzican Care Rescue Center says, "I just think it's pretty dirty to do something like this on Christmas.. we have an animal shelter that can humanely euthanize animals.. not shoot em."

Wakulla Animal Control officer Christine Burns says, "Obviously these cats were not wild, so we need to get to the bottom of who did this and why."

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office is still investigating this animal cruelty case. The Wakulla Animal Control says several people have come forward willing to offer reward money to anyone who has any information.

To donate towards this cause, contact the Wakulla Animal Control at 850-926-0902.
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Updated 6pm 12-26 by Jennifer Milton

A hunter stumbles across several dead cats in the Apalachicola Forest this weekend, and deputies are still trying to figure out how it happened.

One of the six kittens survived, 5 others were shot to death near Forest Road 361.

Authorities say several shotgun shells and a bloody newspaper are now being examined for clues.

Animal rescue officials say the three month old pastel calico kitten named Robbie is recovering at the CauzicanCare Rescue Center in Crawfordville.

Officials say as of this morning, the kitten was dragging her back legs as she tried to walk but she appears happy and is eating normally.

We'll continue to keep you updated on this story as soon as more details become available.
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Updated 6:20pm 12-25

Bonnie Brinson, the founder of CauzicanCare Rescue in Crawfordville, says the surviving cat named Robbie was taken to the rescue to recover from its injuries.

The 3-month old pastel calico cat will stay there until she is strong enough to be adopted.
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Updated 3pm 12-25

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Press Release:

Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated a report of cruelty to animals in the Apalachicola National Forest Saturday, Dec. 25 at 9:53 a.m., according to Sheriff David Harvey.

A hunter reported discovering six cats lying in a ditch at the intersection of Forest Road 361 and State Road 313. Five of the cats were already dead, but one cat was saved. It was discovered with a broken hip. The dead cats had been shot and struck with an unknown object. Four spent shotgun shells were discovered at the scene along with bloody newspaper that had been wrapped around the animals.

The surviving cat was taken by the hunter for medical treatment. The case has been turned over to the WCSO Criminal Investigations Division. Animal Control Officer Bob Crain, Deputy Michael Zimba and Deputy Vicki Mitchell investigated the case.
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A hunter makes a gruesome discovery in the Apalachicola Forest Saturday morning.

Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says the man found several cats that were shot to death near Forest Road 361, just west of Crawfordville.

Officials say 5 cats were killed and one cat survived but is injured.

WCSO's Public Information Officer says several shotgun shells and a bloody newspaper were taken into evidence.

At this time, the incident is under investigation and we will bring you more details as soon as they become available.


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