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Jun 4, 2013 4:51 PM by Tom McNamara

Eastside family's cat shot and killed

TUCSON - A heartbreaking start to the summer for a Tucson family. Someone shot and killed their beloved cat, Ziggy.

Tucson Police say they've done what they can within the law, so the family came to the News 4 Tucson Investigators for help.

The shooting happened last Wednesday evening in a neighborhood near 22nd Street and Houghton Road, just as Sydney Young and her friends and family were setting up a grill in their backyard.

"We heard a pfff, and we looked over, and the cat jumped off the wall and came running down. he jumped fine, and the he landed and just kind of fell over."

The family rushed two-year-old Ziggy to a nearby emergency vet hospital, but despite their best efforts, he could not be saved. The vet removed a pellet from Ziggy's body before he died.

So far, the person who fired that fatal shot has not been captured.

"I just hope it doesn't happen again, and if someone has the audacity to shoot an innocent animal, what would happen if their aim was off?"

Tucson Police did respond to the neighborhood to investigate the shooting. At this point, they tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators, it appears to be an isolated case. They also say without probable cause they can't get a warrant to search for the gun that was used to shoot Ziggy. The family even went out on their own, knocking on doors, asking neighbors for help finding the shooter.

If captured, whoever fired the fatal shot could face a range of criminal charges, everything from disorderly conduct, to cruelty to animals.

"You have to live with the guilt, and I hope it hurts, because it hurt me a lot to know I don't have a cat to come home to" says Young.

Police are now asking anyone with information on the case to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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