By Jeremy Lee
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KAILUA, Hawaii (KITV) – “We are really, really sad that someone took him away from us in such a horrific and malicious way,” Taryn Radebaugh told KITV4, “It was unfortunately not possible to save him.”
The Radebaughs had to tell their two sons that the family’s beloved cat “Chip” had passed away. Evidence shows that Chip was shot with a BB gun.
“Obviously we looked through the Ring camera, asked the neighbors, trying to figure out exactly what happened. It’s clear that someone shot my cat on purpose. It was the child of my son, my big cat, he is really torn about this,” Taryn added.
“I’m really sad,” said 7-year-old Liam Radebaugh.
Liam learned the bad news from his parents in the afternoon, right after school. Liam and his 3-year-old brother Wyatt were looking forward to marking two years with Chip as part of the family. “He only had one birthday,” Liam lamented.
“Chip was the kid-cat. He slept at their head every night. He let the kids take him in a way that cats usually never let anyone take them,” Taryn said, “He never scratched. He was the coolest and coolest cat. It was especially devastating to lose him.
As an indoor/outdoor cat, Chip went out Wednesday night. And at 11 a.m., Chip was found behind the couch moaning. Chip was taken to the emergency vet.
“The vet then called us around 3am to let us know that they had found a puncture wound, and they did an x-ray. And they found a BB inside him, and he was bleeding internally” , Tayn told KITV4.
“The vet tried to get (him) better, but he passed out and he couldn’t get out of it. And we’re very sad,” Liam Siad said.
The kids seek solace from dog Vito and other feline family member Radebaugh Ohana:
“Look, it’s Kaia,” Wyatt, 3, pointed out to KITV4 camera.
The family wants the neighbors to be on the lookout.
“We went to bed at 10:30 a.m. and he came back meowing around 11:15 a.m., so it was less than an hour from when he was on our couch with us to when he came out,” Taryn said.
“If anyone has seen anything or has anything in their footage, around Auwai Street, please just contact us and let us know so we can try to find out who did this and hold them accountable,” concluded Bill Radebaugh.
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