MORRISON, Colo. -- A family house cat is partially blind after likely getting shot with a pellet gun while roaming outside its home.
The cat's owners said the cat was outside for a brief period of time. When they returned, the cat was in serious pain, her right eye distorted and she will need surgery to remove it.
The 2-year-old cat, named Mo, still has what appears to be a pellet lodged in its neck. X-rays show a projectile of some type.
Neighbors believe this isn't the first time they've heard what sounds like pellet gun shots in the air at night.
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"I walk along this creek and I find BB pellets everywhere. They are the metal ones too, the ones that hurt," resident Summer Sturlaugson said.
Sturlaugson lives across from a neighborhood park.
"From our back patio, we're yelling at kids and they'll be shooting out the park lights with their BB guns. I've seen it happen," Sturlaugson said.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it has not received any reports of such behavior.
But it does take cruelty to animals very seriously and continues to encourage people to report anything they see.
"I think it's just despicable that anyone would target animals," resident Bobbie Stovall said.
Mo's owners hope to spread the word about the attack on her. They have not reported the incident to the sheriff's office yet.