The RSPCA is appealing for information after two cats from the same house in Mansfield were shot with air rifles last month. Gizmo, a Siamese cross, was shot about five weeks ago near his home in Houfton Road. He came home between with an eye wound.
Mr Hart took Gizmo to the vets where it was found that he had actually been shot in the eye. The pellet went so deep into Gizmo’s head that it ended up being lodged next to the top of his spine. Vets decided it was too risky to operate to remove the pellet, but Gizmo has now made a good recovery.
Then, just a couple of weeks later, another of the family’s five cats, Nelly, also came home at about 9pm. The black and white cat had been shot in the head. Vets were able to remove the pellet and Nelly is now doing well.
– RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis
Thankfully these two cats survived, but they went through a horrific ordeal and they are extremely lucky to have a caring owner who got them to a vet for treatment. Sadly air weapon attacks on animals are a huge problem and those behind them must know that they are causing a great deal of suffering to the animals and distress to their owners. We need anyone with information about these attacks to come forward – please call our inspector information line on 0300 123 8018 and spare other animals from suffering.”