A Ruskington woman has described her horror as a vet broke the news to her that her cat had been cruelly shot with an air rifle.
Susan Edwards, of West Beck in the village, works as a receptionist at Quarrington Veterinary Surgery and took her cat Betty in for treatment of a suspected cat-fight wound a couple of weeks ago.
She was given antibiotics and sent home, but later, when the wound began to open up again, Susan noticed a suspicious lump under the skin on Betty’s back.
It turned out on closer examination and an x-ray on a second visit to the vet that the original wound had been an entry point for an airgun pellet.
Susan said: “I was absolutely devastated and couldn’t believe it. The pellet must have moved so we could now feel it. It has probably been done from above from a bedroom window as it hit her in the back. She is very lucky as it just missed shattering her spine and I would have had to have her put down. Luckily she didn’t have any more pellets. I was in total shock.
“I have reported it to the local RSPCA and the police and also Cats Protection. We re-homed Betty and her brother, Bandit as feral kittens after Cats Protection trapped them.
“Poor Betty has been through a lot in her short life. I cannot comprehend how someone can purposefully do that and the whole family are very upset.”
She hoped by warning people and appealing for help to find the shooter, she could stop further animals being senselessly injured.
Betty is back home recovering.
Susan said: “It is not a very nice world we live in if someone did this on purpose.”
○ Anyone with information about who might have done this and that might assist officers in their investigations should contact the Sleaford Rural North Policing Team on 101.
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