A family say they have been left ‘devastated’ after their pet cat was shot several times at close range by an air weapon.
Susan Hill, of Mayfair Place, Hemsworth, said it had been “touch and go” whether her family’s pet cat Adele would survive after the incident last Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.
Mrs Hill, 69, said: “It’s horrific, we are devastated that someone could be so cruel.
“My daughter and grand-daughter have just moved in with us and they brought their four cats.
“The cats were just settling in and we let them out for a couple of hours, they didn’t go far but Adele returned home in agony.
“We’ve never seen anything so bad, she had blood on her and she couldn’t crawl.”
“The poor thing had pellets right in her side and had to have emergency surgery to have half of her bowel removed where a pellet had hit.
“It’s sheer cruelty. At first it was touch and go whether she would survive, but now she’s recovering.
“My other cats have been shot in the past and one of them still has a pellet in his side.”
Mrs Hill, who lives with husband John, daughter Donna Bennett and granddaughter Sophie Bennett, 12, said the family had paid £1,000 in veterinary bills so far following the incident.
PC Philip Burton of South Kirkby neighbourhood policing team said: “The cat returned home in a very bad way which resulted in the owner taking it to the vet where it was examined and confirmed that it had been shot several times at close range with an air weapon.”
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch on 01924 295420 or 101.