The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat suffered facial injuries when he was shot in Lichfield.
The six-year-old male black cat, named Tom, was found with the injuries by his owner last Saturday (23 April) near his home in Broadbent Close.
He was taken straight to a vets, where it was found that a bullet – thought to be from a shotgun – had gone through his nostril, mouth and his neck, resulting in serious injuries to his face, teeth and tongue.
Tom’s owner, Amanda Dukes, said: “Tom is just so lucky to be alive. It’s just so shocking – I can’t believe someone would do this to him. He is well-known and liked in the area.
“It was such a shock when I found him on my doorstep with these injuries. I did not realise at first that he had been shot – I thought he had been hit by a car. It’s thrown me off my feet because this happening to Tom has made me feel like I’ve lost an arm because we are so close and he follows me everywhere. I feel so helpless that I can’t help him more.
“It’s horrible to think that somebody did this to a defenceless animal.”
Fragments of a bullet were removed from Tom during surgery. The fragments will be analysed by police, but it is thought that they came from a shotgun.
As a result of the incident, Tom has lost part of his tongue, and his sinuses and eyes have been left damaged. Amanda said: “He has been through a lot but he is doing well considering his injuries. He has started jumping about and he is eating mushy food.”
RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley, who is investigating, said: “This is a very shocking incident which has left a cat with serious injuries and an owner who is devastated. Tom sustained serious injuries and he is very lucky to be alive.
“I am urging anyone who has any information about who did this to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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