Cat shooting leaves pet owners on high alert in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:20 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:11 29 April 2016

Keira Wright and Tom

Keira Wright and Tom

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An 11-year-old girl from Hatfield was left distraught after her pet cat was shot with an air rifle.

Keira Wright’s three-year-old quarter-Siamese cat Tom was found injured on Thursday, April 21, with a pellet wound in his leg. Keira’s mother took him to the Village Veterinary Surgery in Manor Parade, Hatfield.

Keira’s mother, who owns three other cats, said: “His leg was shattered by one pellet that was broken into two. It wasn’t a little gun.

“I was absolutely disgusted. My daughter was crying for about a day and a half.”

Tom’s vet bills have so far come to around £1,615.

He had to have surgery to piece the bone back together and have screws put into his leg.

Zoe Wilson, manager of the Potters Bar, Hatfield and Barnet branch of the RPSCA, said: “Obviously it’s very worrying. The lady told us that the cat doesn’t move very far from home so that means someone’s discharging a firearm in a small built-up area.”

Police have been making enquiries into the shooting, which happened between 4pm and 9.45pm on Thursday, and ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number B2/16/1633.


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