Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Sherry Spears Wilemon,66 shot neighbors cat

Oscala, FL

Marion County

April 7, 2014  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse
    1 cat Convicted  

A woman from Marion County is accused of shooting a cat.  Deputies said Sherry Wilemon, 66, has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Wilemon shot and killed one of her neighbor's cat with a pellet rifle around 10:45 p.m. on April 7th.

A witness told the Sheriff's Office the suspect shot the animal two times and left it to die in a driveway because cats got into her trash.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect's son buried the cat in the backyard.

  Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office

Deputies took Wilemon to the Marion County Jail.

Update 9/24/14:
An Anthony woman accused of twice shooting her neighbor’s cat, Smokey, with a pellet gun, was sentenced to probation this week after pleading guilty to a first-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

Sherry Spears Wilemon has been sentenced to one year of probation, ordered to make a $500 contribution to an animal shelter of her choice within the first 10 months of probation and must also complete 25 hours of community service. Adjudication was withheld.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Wilemon in April for shooting the cat.

When Smokey’s owner told a neighbor he had not seen Smokey since the day before, the neighbor said Wilemon had shot the cat. The neighbor told authorities he heard a pellet gun fire and went outside, where he saw Wilemon behind a tree and a cat flopping around on her driveway. Then he heard another shot and, soon after, watched Wilemon’s son pick the cat up with a net and carry it away, he said.

Wilemon’s son told Deputy Calvin Batts that his mother told him she had shot something and it could still be alive. When the son saw the severely injured cat, he took it into his mother’s backyard, where he killed it and buried it.

According to authorities, Wilemon said she had been having problems with cats getting into her garbage and when she saw the cat near her carport, she shot it with the pellet gun to try to scare it away.

When Wilemon saw she had injured the cat, she shot it again and called for her son to come and bury it, according to authorities.

Wilemon told Batts she didn’t mean to hurt the cat and didn’t know what she was thinking, according to Batts’ report.

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