Posted: Sun 5th Mar 2017

Ely Cat Shot As RSPCA Inspector Investigates Second Incident In Matter Of Days

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 5th, 2017

A cat from the Ely area of Cardiff has been fighting for his life after being shot in the leg with a pellet from an air rifle. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Dobby, a black and white male cat, went out at 7.40am on 22 February, from a Wheatley Road property, and by the time he returned home at 9.30am, had a visible wound on his body after being shot with a pellet. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Fortunately, the cat has come through veterinary surgery, with his recovery process on-going. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal, urging anyone in the Ely area with relevant information to contact the charity, as soon as possible. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

This is the second such incident reported to RSPCA Inspector Gemma Black in a matter of days, after a cat in Barry lost her life after being shot in the back. In that case, Rusty died after surgery on 24 February, with that shooting now believed to have taken place a fortnight before. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Gemma Black, RSPCA inspector, said: “To be involved in two similar pellet shootings in the space of a few days is very distressing; and highlights the horrible damage these incidences can do to our companion animal community. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Should anyone have any information about what may have happened to Dobby between 7,40am and 9.30am on 22 February in the Ely area of the city, they are urged to contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line. Calls should be made to 0300 123 8018, and are treated in confidence. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Fortunately, Dobby has come through the surgery, and everyone at RSPCA Cymru hopes his recovery process continues after such a difficult and sad ordeal.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

June Thomas, Dobby’s owner, said: “We are so shocked at what happened to Dobby, and want to make sure nothing similar happens to any other cats in the local area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Hopefully, some information will come forward from this RSPCA Cymru appeal. We know the shooting took place on the morning of 22 February. ” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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