Cat killed: Woman says man caught on camera shooting pet

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CLEVELAND-- A Cleveland woman is hoping to find the man she said shot and killed her cat.

It happened Wednesday around 3:30 a.m. right outside Danielle Stiegelmeyer’s home on Puritas Avenue in Cleveland.

“My little ones asked me, 'how could someone do that? How could they just do that?' And I said, 'some people just have no regard for life at all,'" said Stiegelmeyer.

She said her dog was the first to find her cat, Jack. He was laying in the yard visibly hurt. She said as soon as she got a closer look, she realized he’d been shot.

She said that’s when she rushed him to the vet, but his injuries were too severe; he had to be put down.

“They took an X-ray and his whole back, his spine was completely broken,” she recalled.

As it turned out, the shooting was caught on her security cameras. She had a couple set up on her front porch.

“I kept thumbing through the video, hours of video and I finally narrowed it down to a two-hour time frame,” said Stiegelmeyer.

She said she eventually spotted three men walking in the middle of the road, two of them kept going and the other stopped.

The man petted the cat and walked away, and then turned around and walked back. That’s when he pulled out what appeared to be a gun and shot the cat.

He then ran off.

Stiegelmeyer said she couldn’t believe it and neither could police.

“A police officer came out here and watched the video and he was beside himself because it was just so graphic,” she said.

It’s hard to get a good look at the suspect, but she’s hoping if anyone out there knows him, they’ll call Cleveland police at 216-623-5100.