Man 'sickened' after beloved cat fatally poisoned and shot

PUBLISHED: 09:48 07 October 2016

Matt Durkin with his partner Hollie Soerensen and their daughter Poppy.

Matt Durkin with his partner Hollie Soerensen and their daughter Poppy.


A Welwyn Garden City man has said he feels "sickened" after his cat was fatally poisoned and shot.

Matt's cat BonnieMatt's cat Bonnie

Little Ganett resident Matt Durkin explained how his cat, Bonnie, was taken to The Oak Veterinary Practice in WGC after she stopped eating and drinking late last month.

Vet Steve Walker said: “Bonnie was suspected of showing symptoms of antifreeze poisoning, with drunken or wobbly movements and feeling poorly.

“Blood tests revealed she had gone into kidney failure and X-rays revealed she had been shot by an air rifle.

“She was hospitalised and put on an intravenous drip and various medications, including pain relief, to ease her suffering.

“Unfortunately she deteriorated the next day, and Mr Durkin took the wise choice to have her put to sleep to prevent any further suffering, as it was clear she was dying.”

Father-of-one Matt, 28, said it was “gut-wrenching” having a “member of the family” taken from him in that manner.

“She was abandoned as a kitten and I got her a lot earlier than I should have done,” he added. “I was up all night feeding her when she was eight weeks old.

“It makes my stomach turn to think that there are people out there that think that’s acceptable behaviour. It’s disgusting.

“Someone’s out there who owns an air rifle and thinks it’s suitable to shoot a pet.”

He also said there are numerous cat owners in the area, all of whom are now worried for the safety of their pets.

“It has left a hole,” he added. “Because of how it has happened it’s made me not want another animal because I’m worried.

“It’s hard not having my cat around and it’s the first time in my life that I have resented getting one, and it’s not fair that someone’s forced that on me.”

The incident had not been reported to police when the WHT went to press, but Mr Walker encouraged anyone who experiences a similar case to do so.

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