“Next time a child could get hit” – cat owner’s warning after pet nearly shot by airgun

SHAKEN: Rebecca and Andrew Loyd with their cat Purdy

SHAKEN: Rebecca and Andrew Loyd with their cat Purdy

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A CAT owner in Ferndown has urged others to be wary of people firing airguns after her own pet’s near miss.

Rebecca Loyd, of Humber Road, was home alone when she heard an “almighty bang” and watched on as her cat, Purdy, jumped down from the garden wall, which borders with an area of heathland.

Rebecca, who owns five cats, said the incident happened as it was getting dark in the evening and had left her shaken.

“All of a sudden I heard an almighty bang,” she added.

“I suddenly saw Purdy fly off in a panic and the dogs went crazy.

“I saw this guy running off carrying something. From the noise it made I assumed it must be a gun.”

The next day Rebecca and husband Andrew found pellets on the ground and called police.

Purdy was unhurt and the property had not sustained any damage.

Rebecca said she saw the man she believed to be responsible firing the weapon again the following week on the same heathland.

Since the incident, the couple have installed £800 of CCTV equipment and are angry that more cannot be done to stop people using the weapons.

“It was a nightmare and very intimidating,” said Rebecca. “Next time a child could get hit and there seems to be nothing that can be done about it.”

A spokesperson for Dorset Police confirmed they were called following the incident on July 31 and officers had visited the couple but that no action had been taken and no crime recorded.

She said a warning message had been added to the Dorset Alert website to inform people in the community about the incident.

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10:27am Thu 21 Aug 14

nobull says...

Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"
Air guns do not make "almighty bangs" nobull
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11:46am Thu 21 Aug 14

Knighthawk says...

nobull wrote:
Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"
No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.
[quote][p][bold]nobull[/bold] wrote: Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"[/p][/quote]No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report. Knighthawk
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Thu 21 Aug 14

yet_another_one says...

Knighthawk wrote:
nobull wrote:
Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"
No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.
What a sad, sick person you really are - period.

People are entitled to their own opinions of course & those who own a cat do NOT expect others to harm them either.
[quote][p][bold]Knighthawk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobull[/bold] wrote: Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"[/p][/quote]No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.[/p][/quote]What a sad, sick person you really are - period. People are entitled to their own opinions of course & those who own a cat do NOT expect others to harm them either. yet_another_one
  • Score: 4

1:38pm Thu 21 Aug 14

caapprentice says...

yet_another_one
Those who own a cat should NOT allow or expect them to harm others, their property or wildlife either.
yet_another_one Those who own a cat should NOT allow or expect them to harm others, their property or wildlife either. caapprentice
  • Score: 4

2:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Knighthawk says...

yet_another_one wrote:
Knighthawk wrote:
nobull wrote:
Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"
No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.
What a sad, sick person you really are - period.

People are entitled to their own opinions of course & those who own a cat do NOT expect others to harm them either.
The cat wasn't harmed. Only one loud noise was reported & yet pellets, meaning more than one, were found. Like i said, drama made from what? When has it been sick to point out the destructive nature of cats? Imagine if we had a pet species that is allowed to roam free & kill wildlife including cats & then see the anger raised by cat owners that their pets were being killed & nothing was being done!
[quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Knighthawk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobull[/bold] wrote: Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"[/p][/quote]No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.[/p][/quote]What a sad, sick person you really are - period. People are entitled to their own opinions of course & those who own a cat do NOT expect others to harm them either.[/p][/quote]The cat wasn't harmed. Only one loud noise was reported & yet pellets, meaning more than one, were found. Like i said, drama made from what? When has it been sick to point out the destructive nature of cats? Imagine if we had a pet species that is allowed to roam free & kill wildlife including cats & then see the anger raised by cat owners that their pets were being killed & nothing was being done! Knighthawk
  • Score: 2

10:51am Fri 22 Aug 14

Azphreal says...

Knighthawk wrote:
yet_another_one wrote:
Knighthawk wrote:
nobull wrote:
Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"
No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.
What a sad, sick person you really are - period.

People are entitled to their own opinions of course & those who own a cat do NOT expect others to harm them either.
The cat wasn't harmed. Only one loud noise was reported & yet pellets, meaning more than one, were found. Like i said, drama made from what? When has it been sick to point out the destructive nature of cats? Imagine if we had a pet species that is allowed to roam free & kill wildlife including cats & then see the anger raised by cat owners that their pets were being killed & nothing was being done!
It says that pellets were found on the floor. I also find it strange about the bang as even a non supressed air rifle does not make a lot of noise unless the pellet hit something that made the bang. Also is no damage from a pellet was found how does she know the cat was almost hit?
[quote][p][bold]Knighthawk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yet_another_one[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Knighthawk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nobull[/bold] wrote: Air guns do not make "almighty bangs"[/p][/quote]No, but cat women protecting their wild life eating garden messing babies will always have a drama to report.[/p][/quote]What a sad, sick person you really are - period. People are entitled to their own opinions of course & those who own a cat do NOT expect others to harm them either.[/p][/quote]The cat wasn't harmed. Only one loud noise was reported & yet pellets, meaning more than one, were found. Like i said, drama made from what? When has it been sick to point out the destructive nature of cats? Imagine if we had a pet species that is allowed to roam free & kill wildlife including cats & then see the anger raised by cat owners that their pets were being killed & nothing was being done![/p][/quote]It says that pellets were found on the floor. I also find it strange about the bang as even a non supressed air rifle does not make a lot of noise unless the pellet hit something that made the bang. Also is no damage from a pellet was found how does she know the cat was almost hit? Azphreal
  • Score: 1
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