Warning to pet owners after cat is hit by air gun pellet
The owner of a cat who had a lucky escape after being shot by an air gun is warning other pet owners to be vigilant.
Graham and Virginia Parker say their beloved black cat Lily is lucky to be alive after being shot with a pellet last week.
"I let Lily out on Tuesday afternoon," said Mrs Parker.
"She was only out for about 10 minutes, and when she came in, she was acting oddly. She went to lie down in the bedroom, and when I went to check on her, there was blood everywhere."
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Lily was rushed to Wessex Vets in Street, where an x-ray discovered a pellet.
"They operated to remove it, but said it had gone through her stomach and almost out the other side of her," said Mrs Parker.
"The pellet obviously hit her with some force."
Lily is now back at home with her owners, who are keeping a careful eye on her during her recovery.
They have been told that if there are any complications, Lily will have to go to Bristol for more surgery.
"Lily was a rescue cat, and she is the most gentle-natured of all the cats we have ever owned," Mrs Parker said.
"She never scratches, never bites. I can understand that people get annoyed at cats straying into their gardens, but to shoot at them is just terrible.
"I hope that someone saw who did this, and will give information to the police."
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: "There seemed to be a spate of animals being targeted by air rifles across Somerset last summer.
"But fortunately, this year, we haven't had many reports of this sort of thing happening, until now."
A spokesman for the police said: "The incident has been reported to us, and it is believed it happened around Tuesday, March 5, in the Leigh Furlong Road area of Street, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm."
"A black cat had been shot in the stomach by an air gun or an air rifle.
"We are in the process of carrying out door to door enquiries, but we would urge anyone who knows who may be responsible, or saw the incident to call us on 101."
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