As­cot Park cat shoot­ing fears

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The shoot­ing of a cat in As­cot Park has left its owner with a hefty vet bill and she is fear­ful the shooter will strike again.

Deb­bie Aarons, who lives in Ca­duceus Place, woke in the early hours of Novem­ber 19 to find her 13-month-old cat me­ow­ing and dis­tressed.

The cat, Jasper, was in ob­vi­ous pain when Ms Aarons picked him up and he be­gan vom­it­ing.

An vet ex­am­i­na­tion the next day found a slug pel­let was em­bed­ded in Jasper and had per­fo­rated his bowel.

He was now on the mend, Ms Aarons said, but wouldn’t be chas­ing birds any time soon. Her vet bill was about $3000. ‘‘It could have been teenagers that did this, I don’t know, but who shoots a cat?

‘‘It’s dis­gust­ing and they’d have to be brain dead to do it.

‘‘Jasper’s a bit of a scaredy-cat and for some­one to do this is ter­ri­ble. I’m afraid they will do this again.’’

Porirua City Coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol team leader Mur­ray Chilcott said he was aware of an in­ci­dent in Ex­cel­lency Tce, As­cot Park, a few months ago when a dog was shot. Any in­ci­dents of an­i­mals be­ing shot at was of con­cern, he said.

‘‘ Any an­i­mal cru­elty like this needs to be taken se­ri­ously, along with the dis­charg­ing of a firearm in a built-up area.’’

Kapiti Mana Po­lice area com­man­der De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Paul Basham said that though slug guns had lower re­stric­tions than other firearms, some­one fir­ing one in parks or res­i­den­tial ar­eas was to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

‘‘There are ba­sic rules around firearm use, es­pe­cially in places where peo­ple live.’’

Ms Aarons, who has re­ported the shoot­ing to po­lice, hoped the shooter would read about what hap­pened to Jasper and think twice be­fore do­ing it again.

She said if any­one was ar­rested, she would like po­lice to ‘‘throw the book at them’’.

Photo: FAIR­FAX

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