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Cat loses leg after being shot with airgun in Poole
VETS have been forced to amputate a young cat’s leg after it was targeted by airgun thugs.
The one-and-a-half year old family pet, called Phoenix, was found by its worried owner with its front leg shattered above the knee.
Vicky Willan, of Lake Road, Hamworthy, said: “We were extremely worried when Phoenix didn’t come home as usual but when the vets told us she had been injured by an air weapon we couldn’t believe it.
“Phoenix was so distressed and, although she is recovering, this has really upset her and it’s so sad seeing her like this.
“We hope that seeing the consequences of this sort of attack will make someone think twice before shooting at an animal in future.”
Vicky said her two daughters, aged 13 and 10, were so distressed by the cruel attack.
The RSPCA, which is calling for tighter controls on all air weapons, warns those responsible could face up to six months in prison.
Phoenix, a pale ginger cat, was attacked sometime between late September 10 and the morning of September 13, when she was discovered at the front of her Hamworthy home crying and unable to bear weight on her right front leg.
RSPCA inspector Graham Hammond said: “We need to find out who was behind the attack on Phoenix. These attacks are often deliberate by people who just don’t care about hurting animals or are deliberately targeting animals to keep them away from gardens.”
There were 799 air weapon attacks reported to the RSPCA in 2012. This was up by 40 compared to 2011.
Meanwhile, in the first six months of this year figures show 438 reports have already been received.
Vicky said: “We just want people in the area to be aware in case this happens to any more animals and for parents to make sure that if their children have air weapons they are not using them illegally.”
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