Upsetting, disgusting and absolutely devastating. These are the feelings of a horrified cat owner after her beloved pet was shot by thugs.
Lucy-Anne Smith said she feels sickened by the incident in Alnwick, which left her one-year-old Tomcat Pip injured by an air pellet.
The attack happened sometime between 6pm on Wednesday, November 11, and 8am on Thursday, November 12.
Thankfully, Pip survived the ordeal, but Lucy-Anne, who lives at the town’s Chapel Lands, has hit out at those responsible.
She should: “The thought of somebody hurting him is absolutely devastating and it is really, really upsetting.
“Somebody has deliberately gone out to do this and it is disgraceful.
“It is just awful if somebody is going out to kill something. They would have known what they were shooting. It is absolutely sickening and disgusting.
“He went out one night and he hadn’t come back the next morning. We called for him and he came limping back home. We thought he had damaged himself jumping around while he was out.
“But he wasn’t himself and he wasn’t meowing like he normally does, so we took him to the vets and we discovered that he had been shot.”
Pip has recovered ‘really, really well’ and has ventured back outside – something that Lucy-Anne admits she doesn’t feel 100 per cent comfortable with.
The shooting isn’t the first to have occurred in this part of Alnwick.
In the summer, the Gazette reported the story of Mary the cat, who had to have one of her legs amputated after being shot at the Recreation Field at Alnwick Moor.
And the owner, who did not want to be named for fear of repercussions, said at the time that louts attacking animals in the area, including at the nearby Ratten Row allotments, was a common occurrence.
Police are appealing for information following the attack on Pip and inquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 0723 13/11/15, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.