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Cat loses leg after being shot with an air rifle

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 23, 2014

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A CAT has had to have its leg removed after it was shot with a pellet gun.

Smudge was left with no use and no feeling in his front right leg after he was shot in Newborough last week.

Thankfully, the one-year-old pet is in no pain, as the shot completely severed the nerve, but vets said he would need to have the now-useless limb removed.

Liz Shepherd, of Yoxall Road, who owns the cat, told the Mail: “We have been hearing shots when we’ve been in the garden, but never thought this would happen.

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“I’m very angry about it. Yes, my cat has been injured, but it could have been a child.

“I’m sure it’s just kids messing around and it wasn’t a deliberate act, but I am horrified about it.

“I want everybody around here to know that it’s not right to give kids pellet guns, because they are not toys. Guns are designed to kill, and they will do harm.”

Mrs Shepherd discovered her beloved moggie was injured on Wednesday, when she went to call him in the house and he was not able to walk.

She thought at first that he had broken his leg, and it was only when she took him to the PDSA in Derby that she discovered he had been shot.

The cat was due to have the leg amputated today. Mrs Shepherd said that without the charity of the PDSA, which operates on donations, Smudge would have had to be put down.

Smudge spent the end of last week bedding down in the family caravan, as he is unable to go out in the normal way.

Mrs Shepherd has been told he will adapt well to moving on three legs.

“It’s such a shame, but the saving grace is that he isn’t in any pain,” she added.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police confirmed officers were investigating the incident.

She said: “The cat is believed to receive its injury between 7pm on Monday and 4pm on Wednesday. A pellet, which is believed to have come from an air rifle caused severe injuries which have resulted in one leg needing to be amputated.”

Anyone with information should contact officers on 101, quoting incident number 656 of June 19.

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