Linda Authement of Violet said the recent discovery of her cat, Raja, with a hole in its head has her both heartbroken and angry, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Saturday.
"I could have accepted it if the cat got hit, if something would have happened accidentally to it," Authement said. "But a cat getting shot in the head point blank like that, I can't accept it."
The Savannah cat is a crossbreed between a Serval African wild cat and domestic cats. They can weigh up to 25 pounds and have spots like a leopard.
Authement said after Raja escaped from her home two weeks ago, she received a call from her neighbor, Rene Paul Desselle, who admitted shooting at the cat thinking it was a wild animal.
While Desselle said he missed the cat, Raja's dead body was found in a nearby vacant lot.
The Times-Picayune said Desselle was promptly arrested and now faces charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal and illegal discharge of a weapon.