BOWDOINHAM, Maine — A total of $500 had been pledged as of Wednesday evening for information that may identify the person who shot and killed a cat on Pork Point Road on Thursday night of last week.
Sagadahoc County deputies said last week that they suspect the cat was intentionally shot.
Bob White of Richmond, who drives a bus for Bowdoin schools, said Wednesday night that he offered to put up a $100 reward and that four others had stepped up with offers to match that.
“It’s nice that the community has come together around this,” White said Wednesday night.
White said residents of Bowdoinham and nearby communities were outraged to learn of the cat’s killing and said so on their community’s Facebook page.
Bill Stanton found the body of his 20-pound cat, named B, about 100 yards from his home around 4 a.m. Friday, Deputy Al Huntington said last week. The cat had never returned from its evening hunt.
Huntington said that cat had a small bullet hole under his collar, which suggested to him that whoever shot the cat was looking right at it.
“It just looks to me like somebody drove by, saw the cat, stopped, the cat looked at him and somebody pulled the trigger,” Huntington said.
Huntington said Stanton found a .22 casing on the yellow line in the middle of Pork Point Road, and neighbors reported hearing a single gunshot between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, July 24.
Deputies have no description of the car, no suspects, and Huntington said he’s not sure whether one or two people were involved. But said he hopes people will pay attention because “if there’s two people involved, somebody will be bragging.”
Bangor Daily News writer Beth Brogan contributed to this report.