With many tears in my eyes, my heart expresses such deep gratitude to each and every one of you who left comments about Tuxedo’s tragic demise. Such loving and kind words were shared from you and I could feel the strength and caring each of you expressed.
It has given me much solace in this time of deep sorrow. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and sharing of a kindred spirit. For your love and support, thank you so much.
Today I believe I discovered the guilty parties. It appears that my next door neighbors have recently acquired a BB Gun and this morning were out practice shooting. A friend told me they were there and at first I wanted to go over and punch them in the face. I almost left the house without stopping over. But I just had to.
I confronted them and asked about Monday afternoon – when Tuxedo was shot. There were two young men being chaperoned by an adult. The boys hid at the table where the rifle was, while the adult spoke with me. He denied any knowledge of the shooting. He also said that they wouldn’t shoot a cat, that they liked animals.
But being at the river, they stopped shooting over the water as fishermen were on the other side. The target they were shooting at was towards my house. So they were shooting at my house. The area that was behind the target was one of Tuxedo’s favorite haunts. While it may have been an accidental shooting, the location of where the bullet hit was suspicious.
I do believe they are the guilty party and that they were aiming for Tuxedo’s chest, but missed. But there is no way I can prove it.
Yes, I did call the police and animal control. It appears that there is no law prohibiting them from shooting BB Guns, even if it is aimed at someone else’s house. Not even reckless endangerment. No justice will be made for Tuxedo. But even if there was, it wouldn’t bring him back to me.
As you can imagine, it’s been a sad and lonely day around the house today. I miss him bounding around, meowing and chatting with me.
On another note, I decided to go and do some birding to get some mental health time. I’m privileged to have close access to an Osprey nest and today was house building day.