THOMASVILLE — The people shooting cats in the Wimbledon Drive area — and other sectors of the city — will be charged with multiple crimes if caught.
On Thursday, police Maj. Shane Harris issued an alert for officers to be on the lookout for the culprits.
The cats are being shot with BB or pellet guns. The felines' wounds to shoulders and back legs are healing, but it is feared projectiles might strike cats' heads.
It is against local law to discharge a projectile in the city without a Thomasville Police Department permit.
Anyone caught shooting a cat or any animal will be charged animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city.
About 9 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to reports of gunfire near Scott Elementary School. The caller said five young people wearing dark clothing were discharging a firearm.
Police found six 9mm casings in the middle of North Hansell in front of the school.
Harris said that as cooler weather moves in, police start receiving calls about juveniles discharging BB and pellet guns.
"There are less leaves on the trees. They can see what they're shooting at," Harris said.
If police find juveniles with guns of any kind, a report will be made, and parents will be contacted. Juveniles and parents will be charged with discharging a firearm in the city and possible disorderly conduct.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820