LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A $2,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot a kitten with a BB gun.

The Polo Fields community in East Louisville offered a $1,000 award after a family in the neighborhood found the injured kitten and brought it to the Kentucky Humane Society last week. An anonymous donor has now matched that amount, bringing the reward total to $2,000. 

KHS officials say Ziggy had a hard time walking when she arrived, was lethargic and had a severe head tilt. X-rays showed the kitten had one BB pellet lodged in her head and one in her front left leg. On one of her back legs she also had a wound -- probably caused by a third pellet grazing her -- that was filled with maggots.

"It's just a senseless act of cruelty - not only was she shot once, she was shot three times and once in the head," said  Gerry Schott with Louisville Lost & Found Pets Advocates. "Who does that to an innocent kitten?" asked Gerry Schott with Louisville Lost & Found Pets Advocates. 

"It looked very touch and go last week," said Andrea Blair with the Kentucky Humane Society. "She was unable to walk in a straight line, only in circles and had an extreme head tilt." 

Surgery repaired some of Ziggy's injuries, but it was too dangerous to remove the pellet from her head.

"Our vet says she's doing much better than she was last week we're so pleased with her progress," Blair said. 

Now the focus turns to the search for the shooter. Polo Fields neighbors stepped up to donate after hearing what happened.

"Everyone was so concerned and outraged that this not only happened in our neighborhood but that it happened at all, so we tried to make a little difference," Gerry said. 

Donations multiplied, and quickly grew to a thousand dollars to help track down the shooter. Then an anonymous donor doubled the reward. 

Police are hoping it will help lead to an arrest.

"A lot of times people do not want to come forward, they want to remain anonymous or they're scared or they go 'it's just an animal,' so it's very frustrating to investigate these cases and they can consist of torture, very bad abuse and neglect," said Sgt. Michael McMichael with LMAS. 

LMAS workers say despite everything she's been through, Ziggy is still playing and making the best of it. 

Ziggy is still too young to be adopted, and more tests will be done to determine her long-term prognosis. Meanwhile, if you have any information on what happened, call the LMPD crime tipline at 574-LMPD.

If no arrest is made in six months, the money for the reward will become a donation to help needy shelter animals.

You can make a donation in honor of Ziggy here


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