AN animal sanctuary owner has been left distraught after her cat was shot in the head with an air rifle.
Maria Harrison, founder of the Willows Cat Adoption Centre in South Shields, has been left sickened after someone shot her cat Moses with an air rifle at the weekend.
It makes me sick to think that someone has deliberately aimed a gun at his head to kill himMaria Harrison
After Moses returned to his home in Harton Village, South Shields, Maria noticed that he was behaving differently.
After a closer inspection, the cat lover found a bump in her pet’s head, and the three-year-old required surgery on Tuesday to have the pellet removed.
Maria said: “When he came home he wasn’t himself, but he wasn’t bleeding, so there were no obvious signs he’d been shot.
“It was after I stroked his head that I realised something was in there.
“It makes me sick to think that someone has deliberately aimed a gun at his head to kill him.
“It was just millimetres away from his eye. He could have been blinded.
“The worst thing is, though, that Moses might not have come home, or he could have been lying there injured, and in agony, for hours.”
Maria says she knows she is aware that some people dislike cats, but she is urging them to shoo them from their gardens humanely.
She said: “Cats aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if they are in your garden, just shoo them of throw water at them.
“I’d like to hear from anyone else whose cat has been shot. I know Moses won’t be the only one, and it has to stop.”
To contact Maria, call 456 8511 or 0771 960 5383.