Cats blinded in South Yorks airgun attacks

Gertrude the tabby cat and her owner Patricia Turnbull, of Wombwell.

Gertrude the tabby cat and her owner Patricia Turnbull, of Wombwell.

A cat has lost an eye and another needed surgery to its leg after they were shot with airgun pellets in separate attacks.

Gertrude, a tabby and white cat, is the second cat inside a week to be blinded in airgun attacks.

In her case the pellet ripped through her eye before lodging behind the eye socket – missing her brain by just a few millimetres.

Although Abbey Vets, in Dodworth Road, Barnsley, were able to save three-year-old Gertrude’s life, they had to remove her eye.

Her owner Patricia Turnbull, of Dovecote, Foundry Gate, Wombwell, said: “She was in a terrible state when I first saw her.

“She had got back to the house and was trying to scramble into her basket.

“I rushed her to Abbey Vets who said the pellet had caused so much damage the only option was to remove the eye.

“A target board was found in a small wood near Hemingfield Road which backs onto my house and is where Gertrude often goes prowling.

“If she was shot at deliberately it’s a cruel and callous act.”

Another cat, Kara, lost an eye after being shot with a pellet gun in Eckington.

And Tony Duffy, from Abbey Vets, said he had dealt with other shootings.

He said: “While Gertrude was in hospital having her eye removed, we also operated on another cat that had been shot.

“In that case, the pellet caused a fracture of the hind leg which we successfully repaired with a steel pin.

“Thankfully both cats are now recovering well.”

But Tony said that is not always the case.

He said: “Sadly not all cats which are shot make it home and many will die in agony. It is very cruel.

“We often find airgun pellets in cats incidentally, during routine radiography - many will have been lodged for some time.

“As long as they are not causing any problems they can usually be left.”




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