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Pet kitten shot and killed where children play in Whitehouse neighborhood

Their pet kitten was shot and killed, and now an East Texas mom is scared for her children, too. The family lives in the Rolling Oaks subdivision, just outside Whitehouse, and the Smith County Sheriff's department is investigating. KLTV 7's Courtney Lane met with the family today, who are not only upset about their kitten, but worried something worse could happen.

The thought of someone opening fire in a neighborhood filled with children has Jetti Johnson on edge in her own home.

"It's terrible that we have to live here that way," said Johnson.

The kitten was one of two that the family had rescued.

"They were 2 weeks old the mother had gotten run over so we took them home and we bottle-raised them, so we were very attached," said Johnson.

But early Sunday morning, the one named Jinxi, was found shot and dying.

"Even his femur was broken and he was dragging his back legs, but he had managed to get through a bunch of rocks trying to get to the house," said Johnson.

The Smith County Sheriff's Department says they questioned a neighbor, but that person denied the crime. Johnson believes that whoever fired knew exactly what they were doing.

"They shaved his fur off, and they said that it was a 22 gunshot through him and I was just like, the first thing that went through my mind was a certain neighbor. So I just started bawling. I was just really upset and almost angry at the same time, cause it just hurt, so bad," said Johnson.

"I just loved him so much," said Johnson's daughter, Payton, who helped raise the kitten. "I'd really love to hold him and pet his soft fur. And when I heard he got shot I just couldn't stop crying. It was like the worst feeling to come into my mind."

"It's terrible. My daughter has just cried and cried and not been able to sleep at night and was like what kind of people, how could a man or anybody do that to an innocent animal that didn't do anything to him," said Johnson.

For now, Johnson is keeping their other pets inside, and a very close eye on her children. Sheriff's deputies have said since no one saw the shooting, it's a very hard case to solve. If you have any information about the crime, call the Smith County Sheriff's Department.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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