A PET cat has been shot with a pellet gun in Uttoxeter over the weekend. The cat suffered a puncture wound which needed veterinary treatment, but has survived. Staffordshire Police have launched an appeal for information about the incident.
Jasper, who is 18 months old, had been out for his usual morning stroll on Sunday, when he was shot by a pellet gun. The young cat was rescued as a newborn with his mother and siblings and was taken in by a couple living in the Ashleigh Drive area of Uttoxeter.
His owner, who does not wish to be named, said: “Jasper has a bit of a fetish for pigeons, so when he came back in and meowed, we thought he had brought something in, but there was nothing there. My partner thought he’d had an allergic reaction to a flea bite, but when we looked closer I could see it was some kind of puncture wound.
“I thought at first it might have been a dog or another cat, but then I realised it was closer to an air rifle. I found the pellet on the floor in the bathroom – he must’ve been cleaning himself and flicked it out. I suppose somebody may have been shooting pigeons and got Jasper by accident, but we’ll never know if they deliberately shot at him.”
The couple sought advice and were told Jasper wouldn’t need immediate treatment, but should be seen by a vet the following day. He was prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and is now recuperating at home.
His owner – who has another four cats – added: “At first it was just disbelief that someone would do this to a cat. You just don’t imagine it happening to your pet. I’ve never heard of anything like this round here before. It’s a quiet, pleasant area and that’s why we moved here.
“We’d just ask people to be vigilant and if they know of someone who has a pellet gun and is using it where they shouldn’t, to please report it to the police. It’s not about grassing, it’s about keeping each other safe.”
The incident has been reported to police and appeal for information has been issued. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We received a message at 10am on Sunday 2 August reporting that a pet cat had been shot with a pellet gun. The cat had made its way home to an address on Ashleigh Drive, Uttoxeter. We urge pet owners in the area to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious to the police. Anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101 or report online, quoting incident number 250 of 2 August or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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