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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Dalton cat owner sickened after pet shot

AIR rifle-wielding yobs have left a pet owner footing a massive bill after a “sickening” attack on her cat.

Barbara Herbert’s two-and-a-half-year-old cat, Percy, returned home covered in blood.

After a trip to the vet Ms Herbert learned the ginger tom hadn’t been hit by a car but had been shot by a pellet gun.

The 60-year-old, of Albert Street, Dalton, said she was sickened by the attack on July 12 which left Percy with a shattered leg and facing the threat of amputation.

She said: “I was going to a barbecue on Saturday afternoon and I’d let him out. I was shouting for him.

“When I saw him I thought he’d been in a traffic accident, I took him straight to the vet.

“I was pretty upset thinking it was an accident but when the vet phoned and said he’d been shot, I just wanted to cry.”

Ms Herbert, who has lived in Albert Street for around three years, said Percy has had his leg wired up and is being kept in a cage to restrict his movement.

Next week she is set to find out whether Percy will need a further operation to remove his leg and said she faces a bill of several hundred pounds.

She added: “What upsets me more than anything is that somebody has been out in the street with a gun on a Saturday afternoon with children playing.

“I’m absolutely sickened by it. I’m still trying to do the best I can for him but I can’t even get him out for a cuddle in case he puts weight on his leg.”

Police are investigating. Anyone with information, or who witnessed anyone carrying an air weapon in Albert Street, Dalton, at around 12.30pm on July 12 is asked to contact police on 101 or phone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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