(WMC-TV) – Someone is targeting cats in one Memphis neighborhood. Several have been shot and killed in the past few days and now neighbors want something done.
Email alerts at the University of Memphis are common during emergency situations and the community near the campus has caught onto that trend.
The Normal Station Neighborhood Association took action and alerted neighbors by email when a neighbor's cat was recently shot.
Cynthia Magallon-Puljic handles the neighborhood association's email distribution list and said she alerted neighbors immediately this weekend after a neighbor informed her that someone killed his cat.
The man told her that his cat had been killed with a pellet gun and Magallon-Puljic said she has also had pets that have been killed.
"I had two cats that were killed a year apart," she said.
Residents in the area say they believe someone is targeting cats and at first they thought it was child, but they believe differently now..
"I was just thinking that it was a kid who was goofing around with a pellet gun," said Magallon-Puljic. "Yet now it keeps happening and it keeps happening in the same area, so I would then say it was an adult who just has some hatred for cats because these have been deliberate shootings."
She said it's alarming knowing that someone in the area would be so violent towards animals.
"If that's the way they're expressing their anger by shooting or murdering things, that's a scary person to have as a neighbor," she said.
But the Normal Station community says it's on the lookout for the culprit who's shooting the neighborhood's cats.
"We all live here together and we all have to take responsibility for our neighborhood and stick together and take care of each other," said Magallon-Puljic.
The neighborhood association says it meets monthly and hand delivers newsletters regarding what's happening in the community. Members say they hope Memphis police will now get involved in the search for the person shooting their pets.