RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat’s leg bone was shattered by an air gun pellet in Martletwy.
Trilby, made her way back into her owners house with a broken leg, and after taking her immediately to a vet, it was discovered that she had been shot with an air gun.
The incident happened in the small village of Martletwy in Pembrokeshire on Monday 10 September.
Following the incident, which shattered the central joint in her front leg, Trilby, who is around five years old, endured a gruelling three-hour operation in a bid to save her leg and avoid amputation.
Her owner Laura Hayden said: “We had a brilliant surgeon who carried out the very complicated, three-hour long operation on Trilby. The vet intended to do a pin and plate operation but the pins and plates they would have ordered in were all too big as Trilby is a small, delicate cat.
“The vet had to improvise with pins he had in stock which were small enough and wires in two figures of eight to hold the bones together. During the operation he found a destroyed blood vessel and because this had supplied blood to a bone, with no blood flow to it, that bone had to be removed.
“We have since been quite concerned about her because she has been very low, but since her splint has been taken off she has been a bit brighter.”
Laura said they have lived in Martletwy for 20 years and nothing of this nature has ever happened before.
She added: “Everyone in our road is very concerned about the safety of their animals and we will be holding a residents tonight (Monday 24 September). It is just shocking that this has happened in our small community.
“What happened to our cat is horrendous enough but this cat is a rescue cat – as are our other two cats and our two dogs – and to further blight the life of a previously badly treated innocent animal makes this even worse.
“The treatment and operation have cost us £2,000. We are lucky in that we have been able to afford this, but it frightens us to think that someone else might not have been able to. It has been, and continues to be, a traumatic, stressful and deeply upsetting experience for us. It has changed our cat’s life and has had a deeply disturbing effect of our lives that I would not wish on anyone.”
RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “Trilby and her owners have been through such a distressing ordeal and it is just horrifying to think that someone may have have done this to deliberately inflict pain on this poor defenseless cat.
“We don’t know exactly where or when this happened and if this was a deliberate attack, so we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Trilby. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence.”
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Over the last six years (2012 to 2017) there has been 404 calls made to RSPCA Cymru in relation to alleged air gun attacks. In 2017 there were 70 calls – an increase from 61 in 2016. Calls alleging attacks have included wild birds, cats, wild mammals and dogs amongst others. Full story on our most recent stats can be found here: https://goo.gl/uqyuDE