A northern Forsyth County woman thinks someone intentionally harmed a cat she found Sunday morning pinned in the door of her roommate's sport utility vehicle.
Sacha Beach, who lives on Ridgebrook Bend, said it appears someone slammed the cat's body between the door and the door jam, breaking its back legs and pushing its insides out of its body.
"It was just an ungodly sight," she said. "I've never seen anything like this."
Forsyth County Sheriff's Capt. Frank Huggins said the person who harmed the cat could be charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony.
Beach said when she found the cat Sunday morning, its hind legs were hanging out of the back driver's side door of the truck. She also said the car seat for her roommate's daughter was left in the driveway.
She said her roommate came home about 10 p.m. Saturday. He hadn't heard anything outside and had left his doors unlocked.
"My first thinking was to get the cat out and I picked it up and it was friendly and didn't try to bite me," Beach said. "As I put it on the ground it just laid there and tried to move and I noticed its legs were broken."
According to a Forsyth County Sheriff's report, the cat died shortly after being removed from the truck.
"This appears to be a deliberate act of cruelty to animals targeting Ms. Beach or her roommate," the report said.
Beach said the investigating deputy took the cat's body to be disposed of properly. She said nothing was missing from the truck.
She could not determine if the cat was male or female. It did not have a collar, though she said it looked like it had been taken care of by someone.