CLEVELAND – A cat is recovering after someone shot the animal and advocates said it’s another example of why cruelty laws need to be changed in Ohio.
“She is so affectionate and it's amazing - the trauma that she's been through - just how incredibly trusting she is,” said Becca Britton from the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, a non-profit organization that works to save animals at the city kennel in Tremont.
Last week, a black and white cat was rescued after someone shot it with a BB gun. They’ve since given the animal a name, Penguin, and because of her injury from the shooting, the female stray had to have a hind leg amputated.
“I was so horrified that this cat had been shot, that I just could not let the image go,” said Sharon Doerge who is fostering the cat that will eventually be available for adoption.
The person who shot Penguin will likely never be caught but advocates said similar abuse happens all the time.
In the aftermath of Penguin’s injury, they’re calling on the passage of tougher animal cruelty laws in Ohio, known as Goddard’s Law.
The bill, which is currently pending in the Ohio House of Representatives, would make some cases of abuse a felony.
“It absolutely is imperative, I think Ohio has been a little backwards on their laws regarding animal abuse and I hope this is a wake-up call for people,” said Doerge.
Britton agrees and said, “I think if there's no - if there's no punishment and you get a slap on the wrist, what's to stop anyone from doing it? And it's also good to create awareness too, within the community, that one, it is wrong and two, you can be punished.”
Representatives in Columbus could vote as soon as this Wednesday on Goddard’s Law but it still has to clear the senate. However, its passage would be too late for Penguin who is lucky to be getting a second chance.
“You'll be able to read more about her on our website, see her pictures and contact us if you're interested,” said Britton.
If you’re interested in adopting Penguin or making a donation to the Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, CLICK HERE.