A mother has spoken of her ‘disgust’ after her daughter’s two-year-old cat was shot twice - believed to be with an air rifle.
Karen Hill, of Covell Close, Bury St Edmunds, says the cat Scarlet went missing for two days before returning home with a wound in her side.
Before Ms Hill could take her to the vets she disappeared again before re-emerging on Tuesday when she was rushed to Moreton Hall Vetinary Centre.
The vets discovered a puncture wound in her side and a pellet in her back leg. To Ms Hill’s surprise they also found another pellet in her other back leg.
“They said it looked very much like a rifle wound and the other pellet had been there a while,” Ms Hill said. “About four or five weeks ago she was bleeding from her other back leg so she was obviously shot about a month ago.”
Scarlet received an operation at Stowe Vets in Stowmarket where the recent pellet was removed.
However, the vets chose to leave the older pellet as it wasn’t affecting her leg.
The vets hoped she would be able to return home yesterday.
When asked how she felt about the incident, Ms Hill said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. I’m faced with a £400 vet bill, at least, because someone wanted to be cruel to an animal.”
Ms Hill got Scarlet from Bury Stray Cat Fund - as well as another cat Poppy - for her 13-year-old daughter Sarah.
She said: “My daughter is very upset. She can’t understand how people can be so cruel and why they would want to hurt a small animal like that.
“It’s hard for an adult to understand let alone a child especially when they’re so loving and kind.”
They have contacted Suffolk Police about the incident.
A police spokesman said they are aware of the matter and anyone with information should contact Bury East/West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101.