Tuesday 19 May 2015
Cat’s pelvis shattered by high powered air rifle
Jessie still recovering
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat named Jessie was shot with an air rifle earlier this month.
Five-year-old Jessie’s owners, from Lodge Lane, Gowdall, near Goole, found her in her usual place on the seat of their ride-on mower on 7 May. She hadn’t come home that morning which was unusual, but it was only when they picked Jessie up and put her on the ground that they realised that she couldn’t use her back legs and took her to the vet.
Upon examination, a .22 air rifle pellet was found lodged in Jessie’s right side. It had shattered her pelvis and damaged her intestine. She had to have extensive surgery and, despite being later discharged, spent this weekend at the vets again after she deteriorated.
Jessie’s owner Phil Woodall said: “The pellet was very close to her nerve and she had to have a major operation. We got her home and she was OK but wasn’t well last week so she’s back at the vets again.
“We think Jessie was shot in the fields behind our house the previous night before she somehow managed to drag herself home and up onto her usual seat using just her front legs.
“We took on Jessie after a relative was unable to care for her but she’s now very much part of our family and we can’t believe that this has happened to her.”
RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell said: “This was quite a high powered air rifle. It may be that Jessie was shot deliberately or by someone who mistook her for a rabbit or other animal. However it happened, there is a cat who is still suffering greatly from very serious injuries and we want to make sure that no other animal goes through this again.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.
The RSPCA is a charity that relies on donations to exist. To help please give £3 by texting HELP to 78866 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).
In the first four months of 2015 there was an increase in the number of cats shot with air weapons, with 48 complaints received by the RSPCA, compared to 18 in the same period in 2014.