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Oct 29, 2015 5:33 PM

Cat euthanized after being shot in Merrimack; police looking for suspect

MERRIMACK - The owner of a 5-year-old gray cat named Max is in shock after someone apparently shot him, leaving him with fatal injuries.

The cat, who belonged to a family on Waterville Drive, returned home limping on Oct. 22.

When Max's owner, who didn't want to be identified, brought him to the vet the following day - X-rays showed pellets in the cat's leg and chest. As the injuries became overbearing, the cat later had to be euthanized.

“It’s unexpected. Very. And it just...makes me angry," said Andrew Guilmette, a dog owner who lives in the neighborhood. “It scares me. I don’t want to let my dog out no more, but he has to. But I have to be out there with him.”

Neighbors like Guilmette, along with police, are trying to figure out who would shoot a small, innocent animal - called a "senseless act" by authorities.

"With any weapon or firearm, any type of discharge of any weapon ... we of course take it very seriously," said Sgt. Dennis Foley.

Foley said the department had received several tips in the case on Thursday, but the investigation remains active.

"I know all the neighbors around here are very nice," said Lorraine Poole, who was saddened at the news.

Poole, who owns a Golden Retriever also named Max, said she's started taking an extra look around when she takes him outside.

"Oh, definitely," she said.

Anyone with information should contact the Merrimack Animal Control officer at 424-2378 or the Merrimack Crime Line at 424-2424.

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