I write regarding the article in the Dec. 31, 2012, about the cat that had been shot in the face with a pellet ("Surgery successfully removes pellet from cat's face"). To the Hyatts, I would just like to say, if people would take better care of these cats, things like this wouldn't be happening. You shouldn't just let animals run loose. Unfortunately, people like myself, are highly allergic to cats (with hospitalization a possibility). I shouldn't have to worry about your cat, or any others using my flower beds as their personal litter box, which is happening almost every night, and apparently, there's nothing I can legally do about it.
If you drive around neighborhoods, and some garage doors are open about six inches you know that is for cats. Calling the animal control people doesn't work when it comes to cats.
Several years ago, I called about nuisance cats and was told that the priority for them wasn't as high as it is for dogs, because they're not as dangerous to people. Excuse me, but when your're allergic to them, they are extremely dangerous. I have seen several times, if a dog runs across the street in front of an animal control officer, the officer may stop to try to collect the dog, but if it's a cat that's involved, the officer (more often than not), just continues to drive away, not even stopping. So, what good does it do to call them? I'm not saying I agree with shooting the cat, but I think the owners are just as much to blame for what happened, as the person who did the shooting.
I'm sorry, but if you can't get the cat to stay in your house, then you should take it to animal control. Don't just let it run wild, because there are people out there, like myself, who can be seriously harmed by Tennessee, the female, black, minx cat.