NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) —
A 16-year-old boy is accused of using a pellet gun to shoot and kill a cat in New Orleans East.
The New Orleans Police Department says it happened Sunday around 11:15 a.m. on Bishop C.L. Morton Drive.
The cat’s owner, Jasmine, said the boy shot her cat, Cleo, six times. She took her to a nearby animal hospital, where the cat died.
Police arrested the teenager and charged him with animal cruelty. He was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center, but Jasmine said she saw him back home shortly after.
The Humane Society of Louisiana says it receives animal abuse calls every hour, and oftentimes, the punishment isn’t harsh enough.
“We are reaching out to the judges saying this is not what the community wants. You’re putting us all in danger, it’s sending the wrong message, and it’s now making Louisiana look incapable of handling this type of criminal activity, which is actually widespread,” said Jeff Dorson, the executive director of the Humane Society of Louisiana.
Dorson has been in touch with Jasmine and is working with her to help get justice for Cleo.
“Mobilize together to tell the judge and the district attorney what she [Jasmine] experienced, so that they’re clear that the punishment equals the crime. It can’t be a deterrent if the boy doesn’t get a sense of responsibility. There has to be a punishment associated with this,” said Dorson.
Jasmine is raising money to help get her cat cremated and keep her ashes. Click here to donate.