Family cat blinded in one eye by cowardly airgun attack

POOR EMILY: Bethan and Joshua Thomas give their injured pet a well-earned cuddle. PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography (5184046)

POOR EMILY: Bethan and Joshua Thomas give their injured pet a well-earned cuddle. PICTURE: Gareth Davies Photography (5184048)

First published in News

A family's pet cat has been blinded in one eye after being the victim of an airgun attack.

Police and vets believe that 10-month-old tabby Emily had been deliberately shot at close range.

"She's lucky to be alive," said owner Joanne Thomas of Kilgetty. "The pellet had gone completely through her eye socket."

Emily's injury was inflicted while she was out overnight on March 30 and Mrs Thomas, her husband Vince and children Alex, aged 15, Joshua, aged eight and five-year-old Bethan originally thought that her bleeding right eye and swollen face has been caused by a fight or a bump from a car.

"But when we took her to the vet, they x-rayed her and said she had been shot, because the pellet could be seen in her eye socket.

"Emily was completely stressed and shaken up, and we were very shocked and upset at the thought that someone could do such a thing," said Mrs Thomas.

Emily is now regaining her confidence at the family's home in Ryelands Way and adapting to life with vision in only one eye.

Added Mrs Thomas: "We were advised to let the police know, and hopefully this won't happen to anyone else's pet. It isn't very nice thinking there is someone out there who would deliberately shoot an animal."

Police in Narberth are investigating the incident, and anyone with information should call PC Jackie Howells on 101.

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1:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

teapot head says...

bastards
bastards teapot head
  • Score: 12

1:17pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Electra1 says...

Make them suffer.......big time.
Make them suffer.......big time. Electra1
  • Score: 10

2:26pm Mon 7 Apr 14

power71 says...

Cruel folks shooting someones pet cat like that ! i am a cat lover & hope they get caught the evil bastards
Cruel folks shooting someones pet cat like that ! i am a cat lover & hope they get caught the evil bastards power71
  • Score: 7

2:01pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Bilbo101 says...

Studies have shown that cats generally do not roam more than 240 meters from their home, so it is my guess that the perpetrator of this horrible crime would live within 240 meters of the owners. So come on people, who do you know that lives in this catchment area that owns or has had access to either an air rifle or pistol ? If the police where then to investigate these people and forensically compare the pellet against these guns then it should be a simple process to firstly identify the weapon and then the smoking gun will lead to the perpetrator. Costly investigation maybe, but if it resulted in the naming and shaming and then conviction of the horrible person who committed this crime and the removal of this weapon then it would be worth while.

Many of these cruel attacks on animals result in no prosecutions because the police are unable to dedicate the resources necessary to catching the perpetrators, and I understand that, especially with all the cut backs that the police service has had to face in recent years. But would be great if we could all find out just who this despicable person so that we can let them know just what we all think about them. Name and shame the buggers and then prosecute them and give them a proper sentence, that is what they deserve.
Studies have shown that cats generally do not roam more than 240 meters from their home, so it is my guess that the perpetrator of this horrible crime would live within 240 meters of the owners. So come on people, who do you know that lives in this catchment area that owns or has had access to either an air rifle or pistol ? If the police where then to investigate these people and forensically compare the pellet against these guns then it should be a simple process to firstly identify the weapon and then the smoking gun will lead to the perpetrator. Costly investigation maybe, but if it resulted in the naming and shaming and then conviction of the horrible person who committed this crime and the removal of this weapon then it would be worth while. Many of these cruel attacks on animals result in no prosecutions because the police are unable to dedicate the resources necessary to catching the perpetrators, and I understand that, especially with all the cut backs that the police service has had to face in recent years. But would be great if we could all find out just who this despicable person so that we can let them know just what we all think about them. Name and shame the buggers and then prosecute them and give them a proper sentence, that is what they deserve. Bilbo101
  • Score: 2

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