Pet owner angered by gun attack

PUBLISHED: 08:21 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 20 April 2010

AN AXMINSTER teenager has been left devastated by the amputation of her cat's leg after the pet was shot.

AN AXMINSTER teenager has been left devastated by the amputation of her cat's leg - after the pet was shot. Joanne Smart, 18, of North Street, is outraged. Pet Eddie had his leg removed from the shoulder, and Joanne fears the bullet could have struck a child. She said: "I'm angry and upset. Eddie was in so much pain, but he's lucky to be alive. "People shouldn't go around shooting other people's pets. It's very irresponsible, and it could have hit a child." Already she said £500 has been spent on the four-year-old cat's veterinary bills, and treatment is still on-going. After Eddie failed to recover from what was originally thought to be a bite, he was taken to a veterinary clinic in Chard. But the vet informed Joanne that the wound appeared to be caused by a bullet and had shattered the bone. Sergeant David Sheldrake said: "Shooting animals is illegal and those responsible can expect to be punished. "Any firearm can, if handled inappropriately, cause serious injuries and even be fatal. They should be handled responsibly and within the guides of the law." He added that air guns, used within close range, could shatter the bones of animals and were potentially very dangerous. Police in Honiton are investigating a spate of air gun attacks on cats in the St Paul's Road area. Two cats have died and a third seriously injured.

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