A MUM has spoken of the heartbreaking realisation her family cat had been shot in the face.
Lindsey Brough, 32, of Greenfields, Burton, near Rossett, was horrified when she noticed her three-year-old tortoiseshell cat, Izzy, had an airgun pellet lodged in her nose.
She is uncertain when the shooting took place after first noticing the injury on Tuesday, saying it has left her two daughters, Sophie, five, and Eliza, one, very upset.
“Izzy is a fantastic cat, the kids love her to bits”, she said. “Izzy came in and went to sleep on my bed so I went to chHeareck up on her and that’s when I noticed something metal in her nose.
“I phoned the vet immediately and she had treatment to remove the pellet. The vet says she is lucky to be alive and there may be some permanent damage to her nostril.
“I am now worried because Izzy loves to be outside. We live in a very rural area so it would feel cruel to keep her locked inside. What concerns me most is Izzy always stays close to home. Therefore, whoever shot her could be close by.
“She is friendly and timid, and has a lovely temperament. To be told by the RSPCA someone must have been intending to kill her by aiming for her face is heartbreaking.”
The RSPCA has launched an investigation into the incident and is appealing for information.
Insp Kia Thomas, said: “Air rifle and similar attacks do seem to be a recurring theme in RSPCA inspectors’ work and cause a lot of pain and even death to those unfortunate animals caught by a pellet.
“They also cause suffering, worry and expense to pets’ owners and we would urge any pet owner who has experienced such incidents themselves or in their area to report straight to us and to alert their local community who may be able to help keep an eye out. Attacks like this are punishable under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and could result in a prison sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to £20,000.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the inspector’s information line in confidence on 0300 1238018.”
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