Reward offered for name of cat killer

PUBLISHED: 23:56 20 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 15 June 2010

A HONITON woman is offering a £200 reward for the name of the person who shot one of her cats and frightened another to death.

A HONITON woman is offering a £200 reward - for the name of the person who shot one of her cats and frightened another to death.JT, a black and white male cat, was found dead near Beggars Lane at around 9pm last Sunday.Nearby lay the body of JT's brother, Max, whom it is thought died from shock.Sarah Pefchel, of St Leonard's Road, Honiton, believes a pellet from an air rifle shot through one of JT's lungs, causing him to die of asphyxiation.A family spokesperson said the cats had real personalities and that they were about a year old. Sarah was too upset to describe how she feels about the deaths.Two cyclists spotted JT's body and raised the alarm at around 9pm.Joanne Batten's female cat, Star, was shot two weeks ago.Star survived the attack, but still has a lead pellet lodged in her body. Joanne, of St Leonard's Road, said the attack happened in a field near Beggars Lane.She said Star has 20 stitches and that the vet's bill is already £700."The pellet will have to come out, because it is lead," she told the Herald."It went in through her side, through her diaphram and into her chest. She survived, but she is still having to have tests - to see if she's got lead poisoning."Joanne is worried about the vet's bill and has approached local animal charities for help.If Herald readers can help, donations can be sent for Star to the Small Animal Clinic in Ottery Moor Lane.It is understood by the Herald that at least one other cat has been shot in the Beggars Lane area of Honiton and that a further cat is missing.Anybody with information about who may be responsible for the recent killing is urged to call 07846576641 and ask to speak to Sarah. Anybody with information about attacks on cats in Honiton is asked to call police on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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