Ap­peal to find per­son who shot cat, leav­ing beloved fam­ily pet ‘poorly’

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A Dundee woman has been left “heart­bro­ken” af­ter a cal­lous an­i­mal abuser shot her cat with an air ri­fle.

Au­drey Ward’s pet, called Levi, re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter the pel­let lodged in his lung, with vets un­able to re­move it.

The in­ci­dent was thought to have hap­pened in the St Mary’s or Clatto ar­eas of Dundee some time on July 25 or 26.

Po­lice have is­sued an ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion to trace the cul­prit.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesper­son said: “A black and white cat called Levi, who lives in St Mary’s, re­turned home on Thurs­day evening and ap­peared un­well.

“Af­ter be­ing seen by a vet, it was found that Levi had been shot by a .22 air ri­fle.

“The pel­let was still in his body, hav­ing lodged in his lung. The pel­let can’t be re­moved and Levi re­mains poorly.

“Levi does roam around the St Mary’s and Clatto ar­eas when he is out, there­fore it is not pos­si­ble to put an ex­act lo­ca­tion or time to when this took place.

“While we ap­pre­ci­ate it is ex­tremely un­likely that any­one would have ac­tu­ally seen this hap­pen, some­one in the area must know of a per­son or per­sons with an air weapon who could po­ten­tially have done this.

“If you have heard of any­one do­ing this and maybe brag­ging about it, we would urge you to do the right thing and tell us.

“This isn’t some­thing to be proud of and is ac­tu­ally de­spi­ca­ble.”

Levi, who is 14 and al­ready “el­derly” in cat years, has spent four days at the vet’s on a drip, anti-in­flam­ma­tory med­i­ca­tion and an­tibi­otics.

Au­drey, 55, of St Ninian’s Ter­race, said: “Levi went miss­ing a week past Wednes­day and was away overnight, which is un­usual for him.

“He came back the fol­low­ing day and at first there didn’t look like there was any­thing wrong – you couldn’t see a wound on him.

“We took him to the vet af­ter we no­ticed he wasn’t eat­ing and even the vet couldn’t tell he was in­jured un­til they did an X-ray.

“It’s heart­break­ing that any­body could do that to a do­mes­tic an­i­mal.

“I’ve no idea who it could be. We’ve never had any trou­ble like this be­fore.

“Ev­ery­body is very upset, in­clud­ing my seven-year-old grand­daugh­ter, who is aware of what’s hap­pened.”

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101, quot­ing CR/18220/18 or speak to any po­lice of­fi­cer.

Pic­ture: Steven Brown.

Levi the cat has been left in a poorly con­di­tion with a pel­let lodged in his lung af­ter be­ing shot at with an air ri­fle in Dundee.

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