Cat loses leg after air rifle shooting

Cat loses leg after air rifle shooting

Kelvin Cates with his cat Cleo, who had to have her leg amputated after being shot with an air rifle

The shrapnel removed from Cleo’s leg

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A CAT had to have a leg amputated after being shot.

Cleo faces a long road to recovery after vets were forced to remove the limb, which was shattered by a BB pellet.

The five-year-old cat is thought to have been sunbathing in one of her favourite spots when the attack happened, fracturing her leg in three places.

Despite the best efforts of Eastcott Vets, the leg had to be removed at a cost of £4,500 in bills to owner Kelvin Cates.

“She had two operations before they had to amputate the leg,” said Kelvin, 41, of New Street, Chiseldon. “When the person shot her the pellet went into her leg, and they think it fractured one of the bones before it ricocheted up and fractured the bone at the top of her shoulder.

“She had one operation to put plates into her hock – the equivalent of our ankle – but it didn’t work and the bone refractured.”

The incident occurred some time between 2.30pm and 6pm, on March 28, before Cleo made a dash for safety.

“What is amazing is that she had made it back to the house, because she managed to jump over a six foot fence and get through the cat flap with her leg like that,” said Kelvin.

“She tends to go out along the next gardens, and there is a field just behind where she will roam. She does not tend to cross the road too much so we expect she would have been this side of the road.

“The pellet itself mushroomed because it hit the bone so hard. They think she would have been sunbathing at the time, because the entry wound was on the inside of the leg. She was a sitting target for whoever did it.”

The extent of the injuries made vets believe she had been shot a number of times.

“At first they thought she had been shot three times,” Kelvin said. “It was only after the first operation when they removed the pellets when they realised it had all been made by one shot.

“This would have been five seconds of perverse pleasure for whoever did this, but eight days in the vets for Cleo including two big operations. “Someone has had their fun but she is only just learning to walk again. Today is the first day she has come down the stairs by herself, so she is improving. It might be quite a few weeks before she can go out again.

“Eastcott Vets were phenomenal. They have been amazing and did everything they could to try to save her leg.

“We just want to make people aware there is someone going around doing this. It starts with animals, but then what happens when they get bored of that?”

PCSO Emma Turner, of Chiseldon, said: “What we have seen is three separate wounds which have meant the leg has had to be amputated.

“There is a considerable bill for all the medical treatment she has had to endure, and it is just lucky that is all covered by insurance.”

Anyone with information about the incident or about anyone in the area who has a gun should contact PSCO Turner on non-emergency number 101.

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11:19am Mon 14 Apr 14

ManWithCar says...

There really are some sick and twisted individuals in this world who believe it is "fun" to shoot at an innocent animal. How brave and manly that must make you feel to shoot a cat.
There really are some sick and twisted individuals in this world who believe it is "fun" to shoot at an innocent animal. How brave and manly that must make you feel to shoot a cat. ManWithCar
  • Score: 17

12:02pm Mon 14 Apr 14

whitewitch1 says...

Unbelievable that someone can so seriously maim a defenceless animal. Karma will hopefully prevail. Best wishes to Cleo for a speedy recovery and hope she adapts well to a three legged life.
Unbelievable that someone can so seriously maim a defenceless animal. Karma will hopefully prevail. Best wishes to Cleo for a speedy recovery and hope she adapts well to a three legged life. whitewitch1
  • Score: 14

12:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

beach1e says...

people that enjoy inflicting cruelty to animals are up there with rapists, paedophiles and abusers, they enjoy the hunt, they enjoy the fear ,they enjoy the power and the hurt they inflict .
people that enjoy inflicting cruelty to animals are up there with rapists, paedophiles and abusers, they enjoy the hunt, they enjoy the fear ,they enjoy the power and the hurt they inflict . beach1e
  • Score: 10

1:34pm Mon 14 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

ManWithCar wrote:
There really are some sick and twisted individuals in this world who believe it is "fun" to shoot at an innocent animal. How brave and manly that must make you feel to shoot a cat.
When you take your rose tinted spectacles off and see the world for the horrors that are there it is pretty shocking. There are far to many who simply don't care about any one or anything but themselves and enjoy being bullies and this moron probably walked away laughing and is probably laughing reading these comments too. A very sick world
[quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: There really are some sick and twisted individuals in this world who believe it is "fun" to shoot at an innocent animal. How brave and manly that must make you feel to shoot a cat.[/p][/quote]When you take your rose tinted spectacles off and see the world for the horrors that are there it is pretty shocking. There are far to many who simply don't care about any one or anything but themselves and enjoy being bullies and this moron probably walked away laughing and is probably laughing reading these comments too. A very sick world house on the hill
  • Score: 5

3:16pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ManWithCar says...

house on the hill wrote:
ManWithCar wrote: There really are some sick and twisted individuals in this world who believe it is "fun" to shoot at an innocent animal. How brave and manly that must make you feel to shoot a cat.
When you take your rose tinted spectacles off and see the world for the horrors that are there it is pretty shocking. There are far to many who simply don't care about any one or anything but themselves and enjoy being bullies and this moron probably walked away laughing and is probably laughing reading these comments too. A very sick world
If you think I wear rose tinted spectacles then you are very much mistaken. I have seen a lot of horrors in this world. Yes, the moron who did this probably is laughing at the comments on here - but it doesn't prohibit me or you from commenting on their cruel actions. And I concur - it is a very sick world.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ManWithCar[/bold] wrote: There really are some sick and twisted individuals in this world who believe it is "fun" to shoot at an innocent animal. How brave and manly that must make you feel to shoot a cat.[/p][/quote]When you take your rose tinted spectacles off and see the world for the horrors that are there it is pretty shocking. There are far to many who simply don't care about any one or anything but themselves and enjoy being bullies and this moron probably walked away laughing and is probably laughing reading these comments too. A very sick world[/p][/quote]If you think I wear rose tinted spectacles then you are very much mistaken. I have seen a lot of horrors in this world. Yes, the moron who did this probably is laughing at the comments on here - but it doesn't prohibit me or you from commenting on their cruel actions. And I concur - it is a very sick world. ManWithCar
  • Score: 6

4:05pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Mango man says...

Someone probably caught it using their garden as a toilet, not surprising that people lose it, if I ever catch the one that uses my garden it's for the high jump!
Someone probably caught it using their garden as a toilet, not surprising that people lose it, if I ever catch the one that uses my garden it's for the high jump! Mango man
  • Score: -10

9:01pm Mon 14 Apr 14

timt1964 says...

the moron who did this probably cant read so wont be able to read of their exploits on here.as for the usual "cat used my garden as a toilet" comments,when will people realise that animals roamed this planet of ours before us "perfect" humans came along.they are doing what comes naturally not as some sort of vendetta!!
the moron who did this probably cant read so wont be able to read of their exploits on here.as for the usual "cat used my garden as a toilet" comments,when will people realise that animals roamed this planet of ours before us "perfect" humans came along.they are doing what comes naturally not as some sort of vendetta!! timt1964
  • Score: 1

12:57am Tue 15 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

People can find many a way to protect their plants, but using a rifle is the sickest way. I have five cats and they have cat litters including outside ones . So they use my garden to relieve themselves. There has been occasion where my next door neighbour found one of my cats on their grass . They did'nt chase it , no a stone was used. I was not amused of course !! Get well soon Cleo !
People can find many a way to protect their plants, but using a rifle is the sickest way. I have five cats and they have cat litters including outside ones . So they use my garden to relieve themselves. There has been occasion where my next door neighbour found one of my cats on their grass . They did'nt chase it , no a stone was used. I was not amused of course !! Get well soon Cleo ! greenpacer
  • Score: 0

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