THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot twice with a pellet gun in Newport.
The black and white cat named Dorothy was first injured on 4 March, returning home to Myrtle Close, Rogerstone, with a head injury.
Dorothy was taken to a veterinary surgery by her owners and on Friday [13 March] she had a pellet removed from her skull.
But shockingly while she was still recovering from her operation – she was injured again.
RSPCA inspector Selina Chan said: “She was let out to go to the toilet but when she returned she had blood on her leg and was limping.
“Dorothy was taken to the emergency vets yesterday [Sunday] and an X-ray found another pellet in her leg. She then had another operation to remove it.
“We are appealing for information about these incidents. Anyone who may have information about this cat should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”
Georgia Hayes, Dorothy’s owner, says her cat – who is only 14 months old – is now recovering from the attacks and having two operations in just two days.
“It is just terrible,” she said. “We were just crying our eyes out. I just felt terrible for her and I don’t want to let her out now.
“It is just unnecessary suffering. If this happens again she might not be so lucky.”
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals could face a maximum six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.
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