If you believe cats have nine lives, then Princia the cat is proof of this.
Mountain View police are looking for someone who shot this cat three times with a small-caliber handgun. Princia survived, but one of the bullets fractured her right front leg so badly, doctors at Adobe Animal Hospital in Los Altos amputated it. X-rays show another bullet lodged in her chest. But doctors have ruled out removing it because it's too risky. Princia will have to carry the bullet for the rest of her life.
"I couldn't believe that someone could be that so despicable to do such a heinous thing to a poor defenseless animal," Terry Tichy said as tears streamed down her face.
Tichy and other neighbors have taken care of Princia and other feral cats in the area the past few years.
"Three shots? You really want to hurt an animal that badly? To me this person wants to exude power over a defenseless animal." Tichy said. "That's how you get your power? Something's wrong with that person, I'm sorry."
Princia is slowly learning how to walk with three legs at the Mid-Peninsula Animal Hospital. Veterinarian technicians are convinced Princia will make a good indoor companion.
"I think she's going to do well, once she gets into a home," registered veterinarian technician Suzanne Tzifas said.
Mountain View police say the cat criminal shot Princia near College Avenue in early May. The person responsible could face felony animal abuse charges and prison time.
The Palo Alto Humane Society is offering a $500 reward and Terry Tichy and her husband Edward are offering $50 more for any information leading to an arrest in this case. The Humane Society is also accepting donations to help pay for Princia's care.
To donate go here: http://www.paloaltohumane.org/