Kit­ten paral­ysed af­ter be­ing shot

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By YASEMIN GÜLPINAR

A KIT­TEN in Ozanköy was left paral­ysed in one leg af­ter it was shot with a pel­let gun.

An­i­mal lover Kerry Evans, who feeds 29 cats in her neigh­bour­hood, said the four­month-old kit­ten had gone “miss­ing” last Satur­day when it failed to join three of its sib­lings at feed­ing time.

She said the “feral” puss had re­turned on Sunday, with a limp, but that she had not been able to catch it and take it to the Vet­point clinic un­til Mon­day.

Ms Evans said she ini­tially thought the cat had been hit by a car, but an X-ray showed it had been shot, with the pel­lets caus­ing nerve dam­age.

She added that the cat was “drag­ging its leg”, and it may need to be am­pu­tated.

“It’s heart-break­ing to see what this kit­ten has to go through now,” said Ms Evans, who has been liv­ing with her par­ents in North Cyprus since Fe­bru­ary.

“I can’t ex­plain the con­tempt I feel against the per­son who would do this.

“This is the first time I have seen such a thing but oth­ers have said [a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent] oc­curred once be­fore, some three years ago.”

She added: “I also think that to save all these an­i­mals from the suf­fer­ing they go through, peo­ple need to [neuter] their pets.

“What hap­pened could have been pre­vented if the mother of the kit­tens had been neutered.”

Ms Evans said she had not re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice. Vet­point’s Al­tay Şakar said: “Al­though it’s not very com­mon, we do see such cases hap­pen from time to time.

“This is a great shame, as it causes huge suf­fer­ing for the an­i­mals. We want peo­ple to be aware, in or­der to pro­tect their an­i­mals.”

The X-ray of the shot kit­ten

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