A kitten that lost its eye after being shot in the head by a pellet gun has a new family.
“We received dozens of calls from families interested in Wilbur’s condition and the possibility of adopting him,” Helen Woodward Animal Center spokesperson John Van Zante said.
University Heights residents Oliver and Diane snatched the kitty up almost immediately.
Van Zante says surveillance video shows that Wilbur was abandoned at 8 p.m. on May 20 and sat in the box until 4:30 a.m. when someone found him.
Wilbur’s shattered eye was removed later that day and one-week later veterinarian Dr. Patricia Carter removed the pellet.
Carter says that it appears Wilbur was shot in his right eye from close range. The pellet burst the eyeball and traveled through his sinus cavity before lodging near Wilbur’s left ear.
“Animals have an amazing ability to bounce back and to forgive. Wilbur loves attention and purrs when you touch him,” HWAC Adoptions Manager LaBeth Thompson said.
Animal abuse is punishable by a fine of up to $20,000 as well as imprisonment.