Someone shot a pet cat with a high-powered pellet gun, shattering the cat’s leg, which had to be amputated, police said.
Maximus was found injured along Colebrook Street in La Plata, Maryland, the evening of May 2.
The owner thought someone hit Maximus with a car, but doctors at an emergency animal clinic determined the cat was shot.
Maximus continues receiving treatment at the clinic.
His owner and her 10-year-old daughter have been caring for Maximus ever since he jumped into her car, weighing less than two pounds at the time.
When no one claimed him, they took him in, and he’s grown to 12 pounds.
Charles County Crime Solvers are offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest or arrests. Anyone with information about the case should call Charles County Animal Control at 301-609-3431. Anonymous tips can be made to 866-411-TIPS, online at tipsubmit.com or by texting “CHARLES” and the tip to CRIMES (274637).