The Hamilton/Burlington SPCA has launched an investigation after staff removed a BB gun pellet from the stomach of a young stray cat found on the central Mountain Friday.
The cat, which has been with a feral colony on East 18th Street between Vickers Road and Fennell Avenue East for about six months, was taken in by the local SPCA Friday for its spay surgery, inspector Vivian LaFlamme said.
“When they shaved the cat, that’s when they found the bullet,” she said.
The pellet was lodged just under the cat’s skin at the base of its right rib cage, LaFlamme said.
The SPCA does not have any suspects, she said, adding this is the second cat shot with a BB gun they have come across in the past week.
The colony caregiver, who feeds and monitors the stray animals, was not aware of the injury, LaFlamme said.
The cat, believed to be six months to a year old, was returned to the colony Friday evening.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the local SPCA’s animal protection department at 905-574-7722, ext. 401.
The Hamilton Spectator