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Cat shot in Honiton

15:55 23 July 2014

Jeanette Rhodes and her cat Misty, who was shot by an air rifle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9115-29-14AW

Jeanette Rhodes and her cat Misty, who was shot by an air rifle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9115-29-14AW

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Jeanette Rhodes and her cat Misty, who was shot by an air rifle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9119-29-14AWJeanette Rhodes and her cat Misty, who was shot by an air rifle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9119-29-14AW

A Honiton woman is urging pet owners to be on their guard after her beloved cat was callously shot.

Jeanette Rhodes, of St Leonards Road, and her family found what they believed to be a cancerous lump on their cat Misty’s body, but were shocked to discover that it was in fact a pellet. The pellet, which is believed to have been fired from an air rifle, was lodged underneath the cat’s skin near her stomach.

“I am very angry,” says Jeanette. “I just want to find out who is doing it.”

She added: “Just keep an eye on your cats, especially any little lumps or anything suspicious, and take them to the vets.”

Jeanette Rhodes and her cat Misty, who was shot by an air rifle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9121-29-14AWJeanette Rhodes and her cat Misty, who was shot by an air rifle. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhh 9121-29-14AW

The 45-year-old had been unaware about what had happened to two-and-a-half-year-old Misty until the lump was discovered.

She said: “About three weeks ago we noticed a lump. We thought it might be cancerous and took her to the vet – the next thing I know a pellet was found. I was told that if the pellet had gone further up it could have killed her.”

Since the attack Jeanette says Misty has been very quiet, lost a lot of weight, and has not ventured out of the house much.

She admitted that since the shooting she does worry about letting her cats out of the house.

Misty has had to have further appointments with the vet to keep an eye on her condition.

Jeanette says she is now concerned a child could be injured if these shootings continue. She said: “There are so many families that have moved onto the estate. If someone is shooting, what if it hits kids? That is my main concern.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We are taking this crime really seriously and if anyone has any information please contact us.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 and quote crime reference number CR/090389/14.

This is not the first time cats have been shot in the area. The Midweek Herald reported similar incidents in 2011 - one family was forced to re-home their cat after they could not guarantee its safety when it was shot for a second time.

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