owner’s anger af­ter her three cats shot

Coventry Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - > LAURA HART­LEY REPORTS:

THREE cats have suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter be­ing shot at with an air gun within the space of a month.

They hap­pened in three sep­a­rate in­ci­dents within just four weeks of each other in the Stoke Heath area of the city.

The cats’ owner said one of the fe­lines was al­ready miss­ing an eye due to what is be­lieved to be a pel­let wound.

The owner, who does not wish to be named, said the five days her cat went miss­ing were the worst of her life.

She said: “We no­ticed Dotty went miss­ing on Au­gust 30 at around 5pm.

“We are feel­ing bet­ter now we have got our cat fam­ily back to­gether but the five days Dotty was miss­ing were the worst five days of my life.

“At around the same time, an­other of our other cats, Uno, went miss­ing. She came back with a se­ri­ous air gun in­jury re­quir­ing an op­er­a­tion.

“The vet said they might have had to am­pu­tate her front leg, luck­ily they man­aged to save her leg by pin­ning it.

“We also discovered that her one eye pre­vi­ously thought to be a birth de­fect is ac­tu­ally also a pel­let wound from be­fore she moved in with us and brought us her five kit­tens, two of which we kept.”

The in­ci­dent comes four weeks af­ter an­other of their cats - Olive - was also shot, but with much less se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

The cats are now re­cov­er­ing, but Uno needs to stay im­mo­bile for six to eight weeks.

Dotty is home but still very sick as she had an in­fec­tion de­vel­oped over the five days she was lost.

The owner was ad­vised to put Dotty down as she would not sur­vive the op­er­a­tion. How­ever the fight­ing fe­line sur­vived the op and is on the road to re­cov­ery.

The owner has since discovered that the shoot­ings are a more reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence than first thought with peo­ple she has spo­ken to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar things.

Due to the soar­ing vet bills, An­drea, from Coven­try cat Face­book group, Cat Chat, has set up a Go­FundMe page to help pay for them. The owner said: “I didn’t think it was a reg­u­lar thing but hav­ing spo­ken to a few peo­ple in the area it is more com­mon than peo­ple think.

“We have got vet bills of around £2,000, but An­drea made a go­fundme page to help with but who­ever is re­spon­si­ble should have to pay re­ally, and for all the cages, med­i­ca­tion and cat lit­ter in­volved in their af­ter­care.”

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