British Columbia

Pet owners on edge after Jason the Kelowna cat catches bullet

A Kelowna woman is warning other pet owners to be on alert after the mysterious shooting of the family's cat, Jason, in August. The bullet broke the tabby's femur.

Tabby's owner says her four children are asking "Who would shoot our cat? And why?"

Jason the cat was treated for a broken femur at the vet where a bullet was removed from his leg. (Bonnie Cleve)

A Kelowna woman is warning pet owners to be on the alert after someone shot her family's cat earlier this month.

The one-year-old tabby's name is Jason. After he went missing in mid-August, Bonnie Cleve says she discovered Jason lying in her basement, unable to move his leg.

"I had taken his food down and noticed that he couldn't even stand up," said Cleve.

"I was pretty upset. I went through a lot of emotions, and was just trying to hold it together for the kids. We've got four children and they were like: 'Who would shoot our cat? And why?'"

Eight lives left

X-rays revealed that the bullet broke Jason's femur.

Jason is recovering from his injuries and is confined to a kennel for the next two months. (Bonnie Cleve)

A specialist was called in for surgery the following week, leaving Cleve with a $5,000 vet bill. 

The family has fostered cats in the past, but Cleve said her kids insisted they keep Jason when he was just two weeks old. They also adopted his mother.

It's unclear what type of gun the cat was shot with, but Cleve said the bullet wasn't small.

"They retrieved fragments of the bullet, and they gave that to us, so that we could give that to the RCMP," she said.

Jason is now confined to his kennel for the next two months while he recovers.

Bonnie Cleve and her family adopted Jason and his mother when he was two weeks old. He was just over a year old when the incident happened. (Bonnie Cleve)

The family has registered for the B.C. SPCA's Paws for a Cause walk to support Jason in his time of need.

Police say they haven't had any other reports of pet shootings, but pet owners should remain vigilant.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

With files from Jaimie Kehler.