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Appeal after horrific airgun attack on cat in Lingfield
1:31pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Local News
A stray cat is recovering after a horrific airgun attack left him blinded and with multiple pellets embedded in his body and skull.
X-ray images of two-year-old moggy Billy showed numerous pellets peppered throughout his body – at least four in his head – after he was subjected to a vicious attack while living on the street.
The black-and-white puss is now recovering at Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, after he was discovered close to death in Lingfield six weeks ago.
Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre veterinary officer Nathalie Dowgray said it was a miracle Billy had survived with such appalling wounds.
She said: "When Billy was found he had very serious injuries - to his head, in particular - and as a result he is totally blind in one eye and may only be able to see shadows with the other.”
She said: "He was severely dehydrated and wouldn't have survived for more than a day or two if he wasn't treated straight away.
"He had so many puncture wounds it was at first assumed he had been attacked by another animal, but when we looked at his X-rays we could see his whole body and head were literally peppered with airgun pellets.”
She continued: "We can see four quite clearly embedded into his skull.
“It is remarkable he survived the attack and he must have been in agony for a number of days before he was found and taken to a vet.
"The vet who treated him initially removed one or two pellets from his neck, but the others are so deeply embedded, particularly those in his skull, that it is not possible to operate and remove them.”
Ms Dowgray added: “"Despite everything he has been through, Billy is a lovely, friendly cat. “Understandably he is very nervous of anyone trying to touch his head, but with plenty of tender, loving care, he should gain in confidence.
"Because he has such limited vision he will need to be an indoor cat, but other than that he will be able to lead a happy and normal life."
Appealing for anyone with information on the attack to call the RSPCA, she said: “This was a disgusting and inexcusable act of mindless cruelty inflicted on a defenceless animal. “No creature deserves to be put through the agony that Billy went through during and after this attack.
"I have no idea why someone would want to do this, but the sad fact is someone may have thought it was fun to take an airgun and fire shots at a cat who is unable to defend itself.
"I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the RSPCA, as we need to make sure no other pet or animal goes through what poor Billy has."
The RSPCA cruelty line number is 0300 1234 999.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and helps more than 218,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 257 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.