FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Carol Pearson described her Sunday morning as "heartbreaking."
For some, pets are considered a member of the family. That's the case for Pearson.
Daisy, a nearly two-year-old cat, was rescued by the family last year. She was an indoor-outdoor cat who knew her boundaries, Pearson said. She never traveled far and was never gone for more than a few hours.
But on May 2, Daisy didn't come home.
After hours of calling her name and searching the area on Saturday, the cat still couldn't be found.
"I knew something wasn't right," Pearson said. The family posted signs around the neighborhood on Augusta Boulevard for their missing cat.
It was shortly after church on May 4, that she received the bad news phone call. Walter Podmore, a neighbor, said that Daisy was laying in their backyard, dead.
The cat was found with three puncture holes in her side. Police said the cat appeared to have been shot.
"There was no blood in the yard," Pearson said. "I think she was shot somewhere else and tried to come back home. I keep thinking about her struggling."
The family lives in a quiet and rural neighborhood, Pearson said. She feels as though she knows most of her neighbors and wonders how something like this could happen.
"I'm at a complete loss. I don't know who would do that."