There is a shooter in town, and Erma Ross wants to find out who it is.
"Someone discharged a firearm in town and shot my family pet with a pellet gun," said Ross, who lives at 98 N. Pleasant St., in Norwalk. "Her name is Hungry -- our beautiful girl, our sweet black and white cat. She's only 2 years old. She has a shattered left leg, femur bone with bone fragments, X-rays from Mapleview Animal Hospital indicates."
Ross said Hungry was shot May 8 on her property.
"The Norwalk police have been very helpful and are still investigating," Ross said. "This incident sickens me. Whoever shot her needs a few pellets in them to suffer as she has. This was no accident. My girl, Hungry, was targeted. I have no pet insurance.
"I'm afraid to go out in my fenced-in back yard. I won't let my grandchildren on the trampoline -- that was Hungry's favorite place to lay and bask in the sun. She will never do that again. I'm afraid to hang up laundry on my clothesline on a sunny day. Will a bullet hit me? Your pet or children may be next.
"I had my home burglarized a year ago. Life is tough. This is just one of many more depressions in life to fight through. Why my girl? And I will ask why? That is my right. Why a sweet cat as Hungry? Cruelty to animals. Why are not pellet guns registered as a weapon? It is a weapon, with so much pressure behind the hit, it can kill.
"For Hungry's cause, I need some answers. She is traumatized. She just collapses to use her litter pan."
Ross said she cannot forgive whoever shot her cat.
"I hate this shooter," she said. "I hate what you did to my girl, to this family who loves her. You are a deranged idiot. You need to lay around with a bullet in your leg, for Hungry's cause."
Ross said there is a cat problem on her street.
"Norwalk needs to do something and to do it quick," she said. "The health department and humane society needs to go (to the home). There is a huge cat problem in that house. In and out. This is out of control."
Anybody who has information is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at (419) 663-6780.