Wounded cat shot with air rifle crawls home despite suffering shattered pelvis
A wounded cat who was shot with an air rifle managed to crawl home despite suffering a shattered pelvis.
Beloved five-year-old Jessie also suffered a damaged intestine after the heinous attack.
In spite of her horrific injuries, the much-loved moggy dragged herself to her home in Goole, East Yorks, using just her front legs.
Jessie is recovering from extensive surgery after X-rays revealed a .22 air rifle pellet lodged in her right side.
Owner Phil Woodall said: “The pellet was really close to her nerve and she had to have a major operation.
“We think Jessie was shot in the fields behind our house the previous night.
“She somehow managed to drag herself home and up onto her usual seat using just her front legs.
“We got her home and she was OK, but wasn’t well last week so she’s back at the vets again.”
Her traumatised owner Phil Woodall found her sat on the seat of the family’s ride-on mower on Friday May 8.
Phil said: “She hadn’t come home that morning, which was unusual.
“It was only when we picked Jessie up and put her on the ground that we realised she couldn’t use her back legs
“Immediately we took her to the vet.
“We took on Jessie after a relative was unable to care for her, but she’s now very much part of our family and we can’t believe that this has happened to her.”
The RSPCA is appealing for information about the shooting.
RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell said: “This was quite a high-powered air rifle.
“It may be that Jessie was shot deliberately or by someone who mistook her for a rabbit or other animal.
“However it happened, there is a cat who is still suffering greatly from very serious injuries.
“We want to make sure that no other animal goes through this again.”
In the first four months of this year, there has been an increase in the number of cats shot with air weapons across the country, with 48 complaints received by the RSPCA.
During the same period last year, there were 18 cases.
Those guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence.
Anyone with information on the shooting should call the RSPCA.