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The cat, which is a female between two and three years old, was shot three times with a small caliber handgun. It is recovering from surgery which included a leg amputation.
The Palo Alto Humane Society paid for the surgeries to save her life. They are offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
Someone found the kitty on May 7 near College Avenue. Police think the shooting happened near by.
Mountain View police say its detectives are actively investigating the case, which constitutes felony animal abuse and can carry a prison sentence plus fines.
The MVPD is asking anyone with any information about this crime to contact them at 650-903-6344.