Bromley cat shot at close range in 'sick points game'
A devastated pet owner has said the person who shot her beloved cat at close range "lacks any morality" and has issued a warning to others about the menace.
Tina Gibson, of Downham Way, Bromley, said it was lucky her grey companion Boycie was not seriously injured or even killed in the mindless attack by a yob with an air rifle.
And more worryingly, she was told by a group of local teenagers that there is a gang of youths targeting animals in her neighbourhood and operating a points system for the most damage caused.
Financial advisor Ms Gibson said: “I told the pet-shop owner what had happened and a group of teenagers overheard me and told me about the game a local gang was playing.
“It’s sick. This was a defenceless animal. I wonder, if they could do this to an animal could they do it to a child or an old person? They are obviously lacking any morals.”
Ms Gibson’s vet told her that the entry and exit wound indicated Boycie was shot at close range. He needed nine stitches and is now being kept indoors.
She added: “The vet said there had been a spate of these attacks and the pet shop owner said that even a dog had been shot while with its owner.
“Boycie would have gone to someone who beckoned him, especially if he thought they had food.
“He is playful and loving. I’ve had him since he was a kitten two years ago and now he’s like my baby. I am terrified to let him out of the house now.”
RSPCA inspector Alana Chapman added: “This caused Boycie terrible suffering. It is a criminal offence and whoever is responsible could face prosecution.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 03001234999.