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Veterinarian doubles owner's reward to $1,000 to find Epping cat killer

EPPING — After a beloved family cat was shot recently, a local veterinarian is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

Marc Mitchell has agreed to match the $500 reward offered by Nancy Mong, the owner of the cat named Stella, a representative of the Mitchell Animal Hospital in Brentwood said Friday.

Mitchell's offer doubles the reward to $1,000. Mitchell was off and couldn’t be reached for comment.

Stella was found by Mong and taken to the animal hospital last week, Epping Animal Control Officer Bill Hansen said Friday. Stella later died from her injuries on June 14.

X-rays were taken and it was clear Stella had been shot, said Hansen, who has seen the x-rays.

“The bullet just fragmented all over, and it suffered immensely – I can guarantee you that,” Hansen said.

The bullet struck the cat’s hip, shattering it in three places and leaving close to 100 fragments, he said.

The injury was so severe that Stella lost the ability to walk, Hansen said.

“The cat literally dragged itself home because its legs didn’t work and it suffered for 12 hours,” said Hansen, who believes a small-caliber firearm was used.

Hansen is handling the medical aspects of the case and has turned over the criminal investigation to Officer Stephen Soares.

Hansen said he is gathering information on the case and plans to post it on Facebook.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the Epping Police Department at 603-679-5122.

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