Pet cats shot just weeks apart

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ADEVASTATED pet owner is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion after two of her cats were shot just weeks apart.

Ch­eryl Wil­liams, of Rosewood Cres­cent, Chad­der­ton, was heartbroken when tor­toise­shell Misha came home with pel­lets em­bed­ded in her lip and side.

But while the cat was re­cov­er­ing from surgery her mum, 21-month-old Tia, faced a sim­i­lar at­tack.

Tia’s in­juries were so se­vere her leg was com­pletely shat­tered and had to be am­pu­tated.

Ch­eryl, 44, who also owns two-year-old Ta­batha, said: “I’m dis­gusted at what’s go­ing on. It’s crazy to think that some­one is out there at­tack­ing in­no­cent an­i­mals.

“There are peo­ple walk­ing around out there with pel­let guns and get­ting away with it.

“For this to hap­pen in such a short space of time is re­ally dis­tress­ing.

“I don’t know if it’s kids or teenagers but I can’t un­der­stand why any­one would do that. Go­ing out shoot­ing an­i­mals is just a game to them.

“It’s not just the stress and anx­i­ety for the cats but I’ve had to spend a lot of money pay­ing for treat­ment. I’ve had Tia since she was seven weeks old and Misha since birth and they mean ev­ery­thing to me.

“I have no other fam­ily and live on my own but if you hurt my cats you hurt me as well.”

Tia’s at­tack comes a day after an eight-month-old Kit­ten was shot in neigh­bour­ing Den­ton and three weeks after another cat was shot near his home in Hyde.

Ch­eryl has re­ported both in­ci­dents, which took place on July 27 and Sep-

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