“The case is under investigation,” the spokeswoman, Catherine Rodriguez, told Examiner.com.
According to local and national cat advocates, the man kept shooting at the female cat despite pleas from her caregiver to stop firing his gun. The cat was reportedly part of a “managed” colony in which feral cats are trapped, neutered and returned (TNR’d) to their outdoor environment. The incident took place in Freeport about 90 miles east of Pensacola.
Feral cats in Florida have been in the news a lot lately. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced earlier this year that it plans to "trap and remove" outdoor cats from a national wildlife refuge area in southern Florida, claiming the felines threaten native wildlife. Feral cat advocates counter that the cats will be killed, that TNR would be a more effective and humane way to control the cat population, and that human activity is the main cause of declining wildlife populations. Debates over TNR have also occurred this year in Brevard County, Hillsborough County, Pompano Beach and the state legislature.