Owner plans to use tracker after air gun attack on cat

Gill Macdonald and her shot cat Samale. ANL-141126-205946009
Gill Macdonald and her shot cat Samale. ANL-141126-205946009

A cat owner is thinking of putting a tracking device on her pet after it was shot with an air rifle.

Gill Macdonald wants to see where her black cat Samale goes around her home in Ampton so that if he is attacked again, she will know where it has happened.

“It’s horrible living in a community thinking that one of your neighbours might have done this to your pet,” she said.

She first realised something was wrong about two weeks ago when she saw Samale was walking strangely. She took him to the vet but it was only later that she found hair matted with blood.

The vets initially did not want to operate, but when the cat failed to respond to drug treatment, they did surgery last Friday.

“They found the pellet had gone in his right side, through the abdomen and lodged in the ribs on the other side,” she said. “He’s extremely lucky – they said it’s an absolute miracle he didn’t suffer a more serious injury.

“It’s a horrible thing to do to a cat. I hope publicising this will make them fell ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done.

“It’s not just the pain and trauma to the cat, it’s the knock-on effect on somebody’s life. I’ve lost about £1,000 with vets fees and loss of earnings, because I’ve had to stay home and look after him.”

She would also like to see much tougher laws on air guns.

The RSPCA says it has had 11 reports of air gun shootings in Suffolk so far this year with 888 nationally. In Suffolk the numbers have remained steady for the past three years, but nationally they have risen from 777 in 2012.

A spokeswoman added: “The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal. Anyone with any information about an air gun attack can call the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 4999.”

The maximum penalty for using an air weapon to injure an animal is £20,000 fine and/or six months in prison.