SPCA Offers $6k Reward After Shooter Kills NY Woman’s Beloved Cat

When Margaret Oliva’s husband died eight years ago, her cat Stella helped her through her grieving.

“She was my sanity, you know?” the Long Island woman said.

Oliva’s beloved tortoiseshell went outside on Sept. 1 and didn’t come back that night. Oliva enlisted the help of relatives to find Stella but wasn’t able to locate her until she heard “whimpering cries” on her Ring system’s audio.

Stella had collapsed near a bush on the front lawn. Oliva rushed her badly injured cat to an emergency veterinarian, where the fading feline fought for her life but succumbed hours later. The vet told the shocked Hicksville woman that someone had shot Stella twice, likely with a pellet gun.

“To have her taken like this…No, I can’t accept that,” Oliva told a local TV news station.

Now the SPCA is offering a $6,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of Stella’s killer. Matt Roper, a detective with the Nassau County SPCA’s law enforcement division, said he believes Stella was shot by someone in the immediate neighborhood.

The SPCA is offering a $6,000 reward for Stella’s killer.

Studies have shown that house cats who are allowed to wander outside during the day rarely go far. In a paper published in Scientific Reports earlier this year, a team of scientists from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences tracked 100 indoor/outdoor cats by equipping them with GPS collars. The data showed cats spend almost 80 percent of their time within 50 meters — or about 164 feet — of their homes, and a handful of statistical outliers who traveled a longer distance didn’t exceed more than a quarter mile.

The SPCA’s Roper said Stella suffered one projectile to her chest and one to a leg. Her killer is likely nearby and almost certainly knows about the anguish caused to Oliva. If caught, the killer could face a felony charge.

“This could be a high powered pellet gun,” Roper said. “This could be something that could be shot a couple of houses length, a couple of yards in length.”

Oliva’s home in Hicksville is about 10 miles from Glen Cove, where a cat named Gracie was shot and left paralyzed last summer when one pellet hit her stomach and another hit her spine. Poor Gracie was in a neighbor’s yard, dragging herself toward her home while her back legs hung limp. A woman found Gracie after hearing her crying out in pain, Newsday reported.

“What happens is a woman takes her kids for a walk,” said detective Lt. John Nagle of the Glen Cove Police Department. “When she returns to the house she hears an animal crying and goes to investigate. She finds this cat, just beyond the neighbor’s chain link fence, and the animal is crying and it can’t walk. Another neighbor, who happens to be a vet, comes over. She gets a cat cage, places it in the yard — and the cat immediately crawls over to it … She takes the cat to her vet, where she works, thinking maybe it’s been hit by a car. That’s when she finds out it’s not damage from a car, but that there’s two bullets.”

There’s a $5,000 reward for Gracie’s shooter.

In October of 2021, a young cat the rescuers named Abraham was shot with a pellet gun in Suffolk County on eastern Long Island. Like Gracie, Abraham was struck in his spine. The SPCA of Suffolk County, which called Abraham’s shooting “a horrific act of animal cruelty,” is offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his shooter.

Gracie’s shooter hasn’t been found yet either.

10 thoughts on “SPCA Offers $6k Reward After Shooter Kills NY Woman’s Beloved Cat”

  1. I know this area.LEAVE YOUR CATS INDOORS! I was going to adopt my current cat to that area but decided to keep him. We never know if people we adopt to will let cats out. One person on my block who adopted from rescue group let cat out and died.

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    1. Yep, a suburb of 3 million. More populous by several orders of magnitude than most cities. Heavy traffic. Not a good place for cats to wander outside, even if there weren’t lunatics shooting cats for “fun.”

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  2. I live in the country and there are lots of guns, hearing a gunshot is a everyday occurance. Some of the strays we’ve adopted have been shot at, a few had wounds, others are terrified of loud noises and sudden movements. Some humans are so cruel and thoughtless.

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  3. Mee-yow Buddy an Big Buddy wee are equal partss of sad an mad!
    Lettin catss wandur outside iss such a bad idea inn built up areass.
    May mee meow if Hu’manss want to purrtect us; then buy us a nice big Poochie crate an deck it out cozy or build a Catio on THE patio or backyard…Keep us KITTIESS safe!!!!!!
    Mee iss sad that Stella did not make it…an now her Hu’man has NO hubby or cat….
    Poor Gracie an Abraham…now their livess are diffyrent an diffycult!
    As fore THE shooturss give mee 10 minuttss inn a room with them unarmed an wee see who comess out inn one peece!
    Sorry mee getss so furry angry!
    😦 BellaDharma an 😦 BellaSita Mum

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    1. I hate to be cold and heartless about this but i feel sorry for cat. NOT HUMAN.People in that area and other parts of Long Island know evil people will shoot ferals and strays.

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    2. I meant to say i have no sympathy for owner. I have known for decades what evil people do in Long Island. This is why rescue groups outside of Long Island will not adopt to Long Island or Staten Island. They have plenty of shelters in those two places.

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      1. Wee did not know this Miss Gilda an wee are a-pauled that peepell there are so evil…
        Wee saw mewss from Quebec, Canada about horrobad abuse an killin of Husky sled dogss an puppiess….
        BellaSita was so upset she threw up an then cried. Mee sat with her fore a long time!
        Wee are so sorry all this evil happenss inn our werld!

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  4. Anyone who injures of kills a defenseless pet needs is lower than pond scum. Those poor kitties, to have suffered because some a**h*** is a sadistic S**. I hope they are all caught and severely punished.

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