FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — A Fresno woman says her cat had to have an eye removed after it was shot in the face with a pellet gun on Monday.
Perri Potigian says she let her 11-month-old cat named 'Duck' outside of her home near Alhambra and San Pablo Avenues for a few hours during the morning.
Around noon, Potigian says she came outside to find Duck staggering across the porch, covered in blood.
She rushed him to a vet thinking he had been attacked by a dog, but was told that Duck had been shot with a pellet gun.
"I was both horrified and livid, I couldn't imagine that someone had intentionally done this to my cat," Potigian told FOX26 News.
"It's one thing to believe he had gone through something horrific accidentally, but it was another thing to realize that someone saw him and chose to do that to him."
Potigian took to Facebook to share Duck's story, in hopes of preventing any other animals from being injured in the neighborhood.
"Cats are very skittish and you can scare them away very easily, there is no reason to hurt them" said Potigian.
Duck ended up having to have his eye removed, which Potigian says cost her over $3,000 in vet bills.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help with Duck's emergency eye removal bills.
Click here if you would like to donate.