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Sicko shoots family's pet cats three times

PUBLISHED: 15:29 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

Bromley
02-06-08
Family's 2 cats have been shot 3 times in the past month
Dominic Laurence 7 with Dusty who was shot in the paw

Bromley 02-06-08 Family's 2 cats have been shot 3 times in the past month Dominic Laurence 7 with Dusty who was shot in the paw

TWO cats from the same family were shot three times in six weeks by an air rifle toting sicko forcing the devastated owners to rehome the injured felines. Last Thursday, Sooty, a two-year-old black cat, had his leg shattered and will now have to have

TWO cats from the same family were shot three times in six weeks by an air rifle toting 'sicko' forcing the devastated owners to rehome the injured felines.

Last Thursday, Sooty, a two-year-old black cat, had his leg shattered and will now have to have an operation to pin it together and spend weeks in a cage while it heals.

Just a couple of weeks before, he was shot in the head while his companion, Dusty was shot in the paw.

Tearful owner Lorraine Laurence, 42, of Village Green Avenue, Biggin Hill said: "This is a sick person or people doing this. They need help. I have no idea why they are being targeted, no other cats are.

"I have three young children and they are absolutely devastated that we have to give the cats away.

"My mum and dad have agreed to take them because we just can't face them being shot again. They are both lucky to be alive."

Mrs Laurence believes the culprit is shooting the cats from an upstairs window because of places of the cats' wounds.

She said: "Sooty came home limping. We didn't know he had been shot at first but we found out when we took him to the vet.

"His whole leg is shattered. He's got to have an operation to have pins put in and metal wrapped around to keep it together. Then he'll have to spend time recovering in a cage. The veterinary bills will be astronomical.

"He is the most loving cat ever. The vet said even though he is clearly in pain he is still purring and wants to be stroked. We have had him since a kitten. It's horrible to have to give them away but at least they'll be safe. These people just don't care."

RSPCA Inspector Sonya Gray said: "These cats were both shot deliberately and could have been killed. Anyone found shooting cats with air rifles will be prosecuted and could face stiff penalties."

Anyone with any information on the cat shootings is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.

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