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Cat recovering after being shot


Raven sits in a recliner on Jan. 12, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


By Tyler Stocks
The Daily Reflector

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jacy Wilson sat on her grandparents’ brown leather couch on Friday morning, tearfully recalling what happened to her beloved cat, Raven.

Raven, a two-year-old black domestic long-hair cat, was shot sometime on Tuesday morning in the Cherry Oaks neighborhood while going on his normal morning walk.

“He came home about lunch time and I noticed he was limping,” Wilson said. “I thought he had been hit by a car or fell in somebody's cat trap. He was just meowing in pain and falling over.”

“And I about lost it when I saw that,” she said. 

Wilson and her friend took Raven to a local veterinarian, where it was discovered the cat had three buckshot pellets in his back leg.

“It was his back left leg, and his paw was snapped in half — just dangling,” Wilson said.

Raven underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday and had his back left leg amputated. However, the vet expects a full recovery in the next two weeks.

Currently, the cat is recovering at home in a kennel. However, his resilience is obvious.

Wilson said Raven is recovering sooner than expected.

“He's up, hopping around and he actually jumped in my mom's chair last night,” she said.

During the visit to the Wilson home, Raven hobbled from the blue recliner and made his way to the food bowl, amid a few painful cries.

Defying the odds seems to be a recurring theme for him.

“When we had first got him, he was really sick with his eyes matted shut,” Wilson said. “We didn't think he was gonna make it. My mom nursed him back to health and he's been doing well ever since.”

Until this incident happened, that is.

Raven is more than just a pet in Wilson's mind.

“He's like my child,” she said. “I took care of him when he was sick. I took care of him when he was out in the cold. When I found him in the snow at six weeks old with icicles in his fur.”

“He's just a miracle,” Wilson said. “I can't believe somebody would do this to a defenseless cat who was probably doing nothing wrong. And whoever did this, did it out of hate or because they don't like animals period.

“Having cats is just like raising a child if you can’t have kids,” she said.

Wilson, who has taken care of kittens and cats since she was 12 years old, expressed gratitude for the joy cats bring her.

“Cats are real sweet, loving animals,” she said. “If you've ever experienced anxiety or depression, you know an animal is a good thing to talk to when you’re upset. They're always there when you need them.”

Raven has always been an indoor/outdoor cat but due to his injuries, Wilson said his life will never be the same.

“He's going to have to be an indoor cat because he's not gonna be able to do the same things he did before,” she said. “He can't climb trees, or run again like he used to and he can’t defend himself like he did before.”

The incident remains under investigation. The Pitt County Sheriff's Office has contacted the family.

“We just want to find out who did it and nobody's said anything,” Wilson said. “I just wish whoever did this would come forth about it, because it's wrong.

“It takes a cold-hearted person to shoot a black cat,” Wilson said.