The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot at least six times in Doncaster.
‘Summer’, a white and black female cat, came home in a shocking state just after midnight on Monday (18 September) and has had to have her eye removed as a result.
Owner Graham Mahoney, who lives in Wroxham Way, Cusworth, said: “I saw her at about 4.30pm on Sunday and everything was fine. She always comes home about 6pm and when she didn’t I was worried.
“She came back at about 12.15am on Monday morning.
“One of her eyes was bulging out of it’s socket, and she had blood all over her. We were both covered in it.
“I didn’t know what to do so I rang the RSPCA and an inspector came to help us.
“She took us to the vets and Summer just clung on to me with fear. She was so scared.
“She’s such a lovely friendly cat who would go to anybody. I can’t believe someone would do such a horrible thing to her.”
Summer came home from the vets on Tuesday afternoon. Her severely injured eye has had to be removed. Three of the pellets were also removed. Three others were too difficult to get to so have been left in for now.
RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “Poor Summer has suffered terribly and has lost her eye as a result of this terrible attack.
“She is a much loved pet and her owner was obviously extremely distressed to see her in that kind of state.
“There is absolutely no doubt that this was a deliberate act and I’m appealing for anyone who has any information about who is responsible, or who saw anything that might help my investigation, to get in touch. Please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.
“I have been told that there has been three other cat shootings in the Cusworth area so I would also like to urge owners and animal lovers to be vigilant and report anything they are concerned about to us or to the police.”
Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal like this is an offence and carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.
To help the RSPCA please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).