I saw your words and as most people here on TCS know my story.
On Sept 26th last yr my neighbor shot and killed my most favorite cat in the world-Sheba.
If you or your family haven't yet, you will need to make a written statement to the police. In my case when I called the sheriff's dept after I found Sheba. I explained the situation and mentioned that he has lots of guns-do you know if this person has alot of guns?? THe sheriff's deputy that responded actually called for backup before going to my neighbor's house. He of course denied shooting her but as the sheriff's deputy knew that I had found her body behind my neighbor's garage he asked about looking for her body. At that point my neighbor did admit shooting her. This was a very crucila step. Has your neighbor done this in the past and perhaps people were afraid of retribution??? In my case I was protected by law against any retribution.
What are the laws pertaining to domestic animal cruelty??? In my case he was orginally charged with a felony but pleaded to a misdeamor cruelty charge. I got restitution, he got a fine and community service. I wish his punishment would have been more severe but there was LOTS of publicity on this case, his picture was in the paper alot. So if you want to press charges against him you must be prepared to take some heat from the press. I had also received calls from the TV stations for intereviews. Plus the court system does not move quickly as my case came to court in May. So if you need any help from me please PM me.
I hope you Casmo can successfully recover from her wounds-but still pursue prosecution of that person.
These sites may help you: www.pet-abuse.com
(animal league defense fund). This last site has student chapters at most law schools what could provide assistance.
Keep me posted.