BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Charles County Police are investigating an animal cruelty case in La Plata.

A cat was found by it’s owner visibly injured, and at first thought to be hit by a car. When the owner took the cat to the emergency animal clinic, doctors discovered it had been shot with a high-powered pellet gun.

The cat’s leg was shattered and eventually needed to be amputated. The cat, named Maximus, is still being treated at the clinic.

cat xray Reward Offered For Information On Cat Shot With Pellet Gun

Photo Courtesy: Charles County Police

Maximus was found by a park police officer when he was a kitten after he jumped into the officer’s car while she was on call. The officer kept the kitten after no one claimed him, and she and her 10-year old daughter have taken care of Maximus ever since.

Charles County Crime Solvers is now offering a cash reward up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Charles County Animal Control at (301)-609-3431 or Charles County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS

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