Kitten paralysed after being shot
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