- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A grieving pet owner is seeking answers after his lost cat was shot and killed by a northeastern Pennsylvania police officer.

Tom Newhart tells WFMZ-TV (https://bit.ly/1I8La3C) he’s owned six-year-old Sugar since she was a kitten. He says Sugar slipped out of the house near Allentown on Dec. 5.

A neighbor found the cat hours later and thought it looked injured but wasn’t aggressive. He says he called North Catasauqua Police for help.

Mike Lienert says the arriving officer told him he’d have to put the animal down if it was hurt.

He says the officer then shot the cat near his pool and left Lienert to clean up the mess.

Newhart says he’s filed a complaint with North Catasauqua borough.

The borough says in a statement it’s investigating the incident.

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