Cat loses eye in gun attack

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas. Publicado en News in English.

Joanne Price with Oliver the cat A CAT had to have its eye removed after being shot with an air rifle.
Three-year-old cat Oliver returned to his home at Jo'Anns Florists, in Middle Street, Blackhall, with his eyeball hanging out.
Cat loses eye in gun attack
 
Joanne Price with Oliver the cat
Joanne Price with Oliver the cat
 
A CAT had to have its eye removed after being shot with an air rifle.
Three-year-old cat Oliver returned to his home at Jo'Anns Florists, in Middle Street, Blackhall, with his eyeball hanging out.
His owner, shop proprietor Joanne Price, took him to the vet's where an X-ray revealed he had a pellet from an air-gun lodged behind the socket, and his eye could not be saved.
Oliver is now recovering in the shop with his brother Sylvester, but Joanne, 32, hit out at the yobs who shot
her pet.
She said: "I was really annoyed when I saw him. It is mindless really.
"When they are shooting at cats, they mean to kill them. I really can't understand it.
"Oliver has got one of those collars on now to stop him scratching the wound. He is happy enough and is just sitting in his chair getting the sympathy vote.
"The cats are always in the shop and some people come in to see them specially. They are so friendly, and will go up to strangers in the street."
Oliver returned home with the injury around 12.30pm on Saturday, July 29, and his owner believes the incident happened during the previous night.
Blackhall officer Pc Steve Smith said: "We are disgusted to hear about such a despicable thing being done to an animal.
"If anyone has any information, we will take positive action, because we are treating this as animal cruelty."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Peterlee Police on 0845 6060365.
07 August 2006