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RSPCA investigating Chelmsford cat shooting

31 Jan RSPCA investigating Chelmsford cat shooting

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the Howe Green area of Chelmsford.

RSPCA investigating cat shooting
The pellet went through the poor cat’s liver and lodged in her side

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the Howe Green area of Chelmsford.

QT, a seven-year-old siamese cat, had returned home on Thursday 3 January with a wound on her side, and her worried owner Hedy Gordon immediately rushed her to the vet.

QT was examined and x-rayed and it then was vets discovered a pellet lodged in her body. The pellet had gone through her left side and travelled through her liver, narrowly missing her rib cage and lodged in the opposite side.

Vets carried out an operation and removed the pellet and QT was kept in for observation, but has since been able to return home.

Hedy said: “When she first came home with her injury I never imagined that it would have been as a result of being shot. It’s just horrifying to think that someone has deliberately done this to a defenceless animal. The vet’s believe that because of the way the pellet entered her it was likely she had been shot at close range too. Who on earth would want to do this?

“Thankfully she seems to be recovering, but I am still very worried for her and I want to warn other pet owners in the area that this has happened and ask them to be vigilant.

“We live in an area quite near to Southend Road where there are nearby fields which QT likes to go in to. I have also reported this to the police.”

Anyone who can help should call the RSPCA appeals line on on 0300 123 8018.

Anyone caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal could face up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.

Every year the RSPCA receives almost 1,000 calls to investigate cases and help hundreds of animals that are the defenseless victims of air gun attacks.