A distraught animal lover has spoken of her horror after her beloved cat needed to have its leg amputated after being shot by ‘evil’ thugs.
The resident, who did not want to be named due to fear of repercussions, believes one-year-old Mary was targeted at the Recreation Field at Alnwick Moor.
She says her pet has been left deeply shocked by last week’s horrific ordeal and is now very quiet and edgy.
The emotional resident, who welled up while recounting the sickening story, said: “It was 5.40am last Wednesday and Mary had come home. Her leg was twisted around and she was crying.
“There was no blood, but the top of her shoulder was sticky. I took her to the vets and they knew she had been shot. She was deeply shocked and traumatised.”
Following the shooting, Mary had to have her front right leg amputated and she is currently recuperating at her home in Alnwick.
“Mary will cope, because she is a little fighter,” said the resident, “but I don’t know if she will be able to do the things she used to do.
“I am frightened that, if she does manage to go out again, how will she cope if somebody chases her or shoots at her again?”
The resident thanked the vets for their help, but hit out at those responsible for the devastating shooting.
“They are evil,” she said. “These people must not have any feelings and I am sure they will get away with what they have done.”
The resident, who had another cat shot more than 10 years ago, claims that louts attacking animals in the area, including at the nearby Ratten Row allotments, is a common occurrence.
She said: “I have heard stories of quite a few animals being shot. If these people want to go shooting, they should shoot at cans or go to a shooting range.”
Northumbria Police has said that officers are investigating disorder in the area and are looking into this specific incident. Anyone with information should call 101.