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Search underway for shooter after cat shot by pellet gun was left partially paralyzed

Woman's cat partially paralyzed in shooting in Lake Worth. (WPEC)

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Division needs the public's help finding the person who they say intentionally harmed a woman’s cat.

Ascension Olivas, who is originally from Spain, rescued Antonella at 10 months old.

“It was love at first sight," she said. "I saw the cat and I became in love with her."

Now, her 4-year-old feline will never be the same all because of a senseless crime.

She said someone intentionally shot her pet with a pellet gun, and now Antonella is partially paralyzed.

Animal Care and Control is now investigating this animal cruelty case.

“I was really you know shocked. In shock,” Olivas said.

This cruel crime has Palm Beach Mobile Home Park residents living in fear for their precious felines, worried the gunman will strike again.

Right now, Animal Care and Control investigators tell CBS12 News there are at least five other cases similar to this one. Some cats were shot, others were killed.

“In cold blood," Olivas said. "Somebody shot animals for nothing because they didn’t do anything to them. Nothing."

Olivas just wants the person who’s doing this to be caught.

“In my heart, I want you to change and to realize the terrible thing you did and you are doing,” she said. “I think that justice has to be on you.”

As of Thursday night, investigators say it’s too early to confirm whether the other animal cruelty cases are connected to Olivas’ case.

They need your help. If you know anything about the suspected cat shooter, call Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control Division at (561) 233-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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