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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Shot Cumbria cat survives by whisker

A “FRIENDLY” Cumbria cat was left critically injured after being shot by a callous sniper with an air rifle.

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RECOVERING Larry the cat was shot with an air rifle SUBMITTED

Elizabeth Stalker and Edward Bailey, of Swarthmoor, noticed their ginger and white tomcat Larry was acting strangely when he returned home last Tuesday evening.

Miss Stalker, 25, who works as a service manager for Bender in Ulverston, said she and her boyfriend Mr Bailey, 28, did not spot any injuries on Larry at first.

She said: “He was not looking very well, but we did not realise he had been shot. He just was not himself at all. He’s very friendly usually but he was very quiet and stayed under the table on his own.”

Miss Stalker said he had been sick, and thought he may have eaten something or been knocked by a car.

But the following morning Larry was seen by a vet, who revealed the shocking truth.

“He found this lump on his side, and he said there’s an air rifle pellet here,” said Miss Stalker.

The pellet had passed through Larry’s side, penetrating his intestines before lodging in his kidney. The vet operated immediately, and was able to save Larry’s kidney.

Miss Stalker said: “He’s doing OK, but he’s not out of the woods yet.

“It made us feel very angry, and worried in case it happens to anybody else.

“All our neighbours have been calling in asking how he is because he is such a friendly cat, he greets them as well.”

Larry’s warm disposition comes despite a rough start in life when he was found abandoned near Broughton.

“He’s not had much luck,” said Miss Stalker.

A police spokesman confirmed no arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the attack or can provide information about the crime is asked to call Cumbria police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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