BURKE COUNTY, NC (FOX 46) - Someone is suspected of using cats for target practice and leaving them for dead in Burke County and now the sheriff's office is asking for the public's help.
Officials with Burke County Animal Control say they received a call that a person had found some cats at a pull off on the side of the road about half a mile from the Burke and Cleveland County line.
There were about 9 or 10 cats in the area and some of the cats had been shot, according to the Burke County Sheriff's Office.
Three that had been shot were still alive and two were found that had not been injured. Those five were taken to the Animal Control Shelter.
The three that had been shot did not survive, deputies said.The other two were transferred to Burke County Friends of Animals.
According to a GoFundMe account set up for the animals, the Animal House of Rutherford College is treating the sick and injured cats with promise of payment later. Their goal is to raise $2,500 for medical expenses.
To donate, click here.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Burke County Sheriff's Office at 828-438-5500 or Bruke County Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333.