A PET owner has spoke of her shock that her cat of nine years was shot with an air rifle in the back garden of her Burton home.
Jackie Bancroft was left with a £250 vets bills when her pet cat Sooty was shot while in the back garden of the family home in Wood Street.
She told the Mail: “My husband Gerald was in the back garden and came in and said Sooty’s been hurt. “He had heard her screeching and then she had rolled over.
“He brought her in and she ran upstairs but was dragging her leg.
“She had just been just lying on top of the greenhouse, whoever did it must have used her as a target.
“It had gone right through to the other side of her body - she was a very lucky cat.”
It is believed that Sooty was shot with some kind of air weapon with the pellet initially going into he right leg and ending up in her left leg.
Jackie, 66, who believes a similar incident happened in the same street six months ago when the cat in question was killed, said: “You could see where it had gone in, the flesh was raised.”
Sooty was rushed to the vets were she was given oxygen and treatment to her leg, resulting in a costly bill.
She is now recovering from her horrific ordeal but is still suffering from a limp and has become timid around people.
The incident was reported to police at 3.45pm on April 10.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police told the Mail: “The cat was shot with what is believed to have been an air weapon whilst in the owner’s garden in Wood Street in Burton.
“It sustained injuries to its leg which required treatment at the vets.
“Anyone who has got any information is asked to call 101 quoting incident 460 of April 10 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Attacks on pets is a crime under animal cruelty laws and can lead to prosecution.
If your cat has been attacked in this area please call our newsdesk on 01283 524853.