As the weather warms up, so will the number of animals treated for BB gun wounds, according to a local animal hospital.
A veterinarian at IVEC animal hospital on the south side told Fox59, they see three to four animals with BB gun injuries a week, but that number rises during the summer months. Some of the animals don't even survive.
"I would've never thought that anybody around her would've done anything like this," said Harris.
She showed Fox59 the wound on Nala's abdomen still covered in blood. An x-ray revealed a BB is still lodged in the cat's left thigh.
"The fur was all bloody," she said. "This is really inhumane."
Now, she is left with an injured cat, a $453 hospital bill and a question: Who could've done such a cruel thing?
"She didn't give them any reason to shoot her," she said. "You like to think that everybody you know is courteous to animals, but they're not."
Harris said her own son has a BB gun, but doesn't shoot animals. She wished other people would realize the damage they cause.
"Parents get their kids BB guns and don't monitor 'em. Then they just go out and shoot whatever," she said.
Harris doesn't know who shot Nala, but said if she finds out, she'll press charges.