LAS VEGAS -- Volunteers were out in a Westside neighborhood looking for suspects after two cats were shot with a pellet gun.
Resident gates weren't enough to keep a crime from happening in a neighborhood near Fort Apache Road and Charleston Boulevard as homeowners were greeted by a flyer with an ominous warning - Someone is Shooting Pets.
Pet activists canvassed part of the Peccole Ranch neighborhood with flyers about the shootings.
Stacia Newman with Nevada Political Action for Animals spent much of the day hand delivering the message.
"People have to get involved with what's going on so these criminals can be prosecuted," Newman said.
The hunt for suspects begins in the neighborhood where it all started as Animal Control officials said without a lot to go on there isn't much they can do.
Newman said 50 homes have been canvassed and even more will be reached by the end of the week.
"It's been my experience that sometimes they just don't stop at cats, they start with the cats, dogs, could move on to children these are people that take advantage of weaker animals or humans," Newman said.
The outreach comes after a two-year-old cat named Joey was badly hurt after being shot Saturday near his home with blood stains on the walls and a back patio showing how gruesome the crime was.
Owner Michelle Slater said Joey had been outside for less than 30 minutes when he was shot. X-rays show a pellet and a badly broken leg.
"We found him in our backyard full of blood, meowing, my daughter was hysterical," Slater said.
Slater elected to have his leg removed instead of putting him down.
Animal rights activists said the pressure will continue until the person responsible is caught.