A cat that was shot twice with an air rifle at close range has survived the ordeal – but its owner is warning other pet owners to be vigilant against these kind of attacks.
Trinity Lee’s 11-month-old black and white cat, Simba, returned to his home in Yorktown Road, Sandhurst on Saturday, August 23, covered in blood.
Miss Lee, who is due to give birth to her first baby today (Thursday), quickly called her fiancé Marcus Pearce, who whisked Simba to Kynoch Veterinary Practice in Crowthorne.
The vets discovered that one of the pellets had gone nearly all the way through Simba’s torso, and the other narrowly missed his spine.
Miss Lee, 32, said: “It’s awful to think someone could do this. He’s only 11 months old.
“I’ve never heard of anyone shooting a cat, certainly not in this vicinity.”
After several trips to the vets, and more than £1,000 in vets’ bills later, Simba is on the road to recovery.
But Miss Lee said it was “touch and go” for a while.
“He wasn’t eating, he was just lying there,” she said.
In addition to leaving her out of pocket, the incident has added to Miss Lee’s stress levels. “My blood pressure was quite high for the first time in my pregnancy last week, which isn’t good for the baby,” she said.
Miss Lee reported the incident to police and the RSPCA. Anyone with information about the shooting can call Thames Valley Police on 0845 8 505 505.