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'Sniper' shot cat on family's porch

ALBUQUERQUE, July 29 (UPI) -- Albuquerque authorities said they are trying to figure out who used a .22-caliber rifle to shoot a cat on the front porch of a home.

City spokesman Chris Ramirez said animal welfare and Albuquerque police are investigating the Monday night incident in the neighborhood near Eubank and Indian School, KREQ-TV, Albuquerque, reported Thursday.

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"People who abuse animals will also be involved in domestic violence and aggravated assault and other violent felonies," Ramirez said. "So we're always very suspicious of people who can commit a crime like that."

Neighbors said officers told them the shooting of the neighborhood cat, named Priss, was likely a target practice exercise.

"(Police) think someone had a scope and looked through the scope and 'snipered' him," said Carin Harman, the homeowner whose porch Priss was using when he was shot.

Ramirez said a felony count of extreme animal cruelty carries a jail sentence of 18 months and a $5,000 fine.

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