Cat loses limb af­ter be­ing shot

Western Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DANIELLE CLENT

An Auck­land woman is ‘‘ter­ri­fied’’ to let her cats out­side af­ter one was shot in the leg – caus­ing its limb to be am­pu­tated.

Lee At­twell’s five-month-old tabby Sadie had her leg re­moved af­ter she was shot by a .22 cal­i­bre bul­let.

Sadie came rush­ing and scream­ing into her Kumeu home about 2.30pm on Septem­ber 8. The kit­ten ran into a bed­room and hid un­der the bed, At­twell said.

At­twell found her on her back with her claws dig­ging into the mat­tress, cov­ered in blood.

She said she rushed her to the vet and was later told she had been shot.

‘‘I just couldn’t han­dle it. I to­tally just broke down,’’ At­twell said.

In a sep­a­rate in­ci­dent, Sarah Robert­son found her 11-month-old burmese Tammy cov­ered in blood on the night of Septem­ber 9.

The Muri­wai res­i­dent rushed her to an af­ter hours vet clinic where they were told the cat had also been shot seven times with me­tal pel­lets.

Robert­son said her pet had been shot in the left leg and in her head. Frag­ments of the pel­lets were still in Tammy’s left eye.

‘‘She either will be par­tially blind or per­ma­nently blind. If it doesn’t heal at all, they will have to get it taken out com­pletely,’’ she said.

She said the vet be­lieved Tammy had also been at­tacked by an­other weapon as she had a ‘‘chunk’’ taken out of her stom­ach.

Tammy was still at the vet clinic. Robert­son said she would re­main there for an­other three or four days.

SPCA chief in­spec­tor Greg Reid said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing Robert­son’s com­plaint.

‘‘Yearly we would see six to 10 cases which re­late to cats be­ing shot with air­guns, ri­fles and cross bows, ar­rows etc.

‘‘Th­ese cases are typ­i­cally very hard to re­solve as we of­ten only have the vic­tim and oc­ca­sion­ally pel­lets,’’ Reid said.

Both At­twell and Robert­son said they be­lieved the at­tacks on their pets were not ac­ci­den­tal de­spite it be­ing com­mon for peo­ple to shoot pests in the area.

‘‘Peo­ple can tell be­tween a rab­bit and a cat. Peo­ple can tell be­tween a pos­sum and a cat,’’ At­twell said.

Robert­son said the in­ci­dent had been her worst night­mare come true.

‘‘It’s just scary to know that some­one on our road is like this.’’

DANIELLE CLENT/STUFF

Kumeu res­i­dent Lee At­twell said she broke down when she found out Sadie had been shot.

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