Owner distressed after cat is shot

PUBLISHED: 15:50 03 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

Alfie: suffered a collapsed lung (AM08cat1)

Alfie: suffered a collapsed lung (AM08cat1)

A DISTRESSED pet owner has been left with a £400 veterinary bill after her cat was shot with an air rifle. Rosie Bozier, 22, of Haygarth, Knebworth, found that two-year-old Alfie had been wounded. She said: 'I stroked him after letting him in and found bl

A DISTRESSED pet owner has been left with a £400 veterinary bill after her cat was shot with an air rifle.

Rosie Bozier, 22, of Haygarth, Knebworth, found that two-year-old Alfie had been wounded.

She said: "I stroked him after letting him in and found blood all over one side.

"I found a wound on his stomach and felt a lump and when I took him to the vets they confirmed he had been hit by a pellet.

"I'm really annoyed and want to know who would do something like this!"

Alfie has suffered a collapsed lung as a result of the incident and has difficulty breathing.

Ms Bozier added: "The pellet narrowly missed his heart. It could have been fatal. At the moment he has to take four pills a day."

An RSPCA spokesman said: "It was a serious incident which caused stress to the animal and the owner and we will be investigating and making enquiries around the area.

"The cat was deliberately targeted by a someone with an air weapon - and regional figures suggest that incidences like this are going up.

"There were 50 reported in the eastern region in 2006/07 - 20 more than the previous year.

"Unfortunately, cats are the most targeted of all with air weapons because of their independent nature.

"These types of incidences usually happen at night or at weekends and we're worried it's young people who have got bored shooting normal targets. But equally cats are sometimes shot by people trying to keep them off their gardens.

"Our advice to people is to not target any animal with an air weapon. It's a criminal offence and people could face six months in prison or a £20,000 fine.

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