CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Police searching for person who shot family cat outside Ohio home

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police along with the Cleveland Animal Protection League are looking for the person who shot a six-year-old family cat.

It happened around 3:30 a.m. outside a Cleveland home Wednesday and the whole act was caught on camera.

[Warning: The video above contains images that may be disturbing to some]

The owner of the cat named Jack has surveillance cameras outside her home and the video shows a man taking out a gun and shooting the cat.

“My biggest question to who did it is 'why,'” said Danielle Stiegelmeyer, who said she had to put the cat down because of his injuries.

On the video, you see the man first walk up and pet the cat then walk away. He then comes back and pulls out a weapon and shoots the cat.

The cat then crawls away dragging its hind legs. Jack was later found toward the back of the house. The family took it to the vet, where Stiegelmeyer said its spine was shattered.

The family owns seven other pets and Stiegelmeyer said the hardest part was telling her children. Mark Stiegelmeyer fears that whoever did this could be moving on to something worse.

“They have to be put away. They are going to graduate to a bigger target maybe a moving target and a stray bullet could hit a young child,” he said.

Police have not said if they have any leads.

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