A WOMAN fears for the safety of her cats after they were both injured by airgun pellets.
Ellie Sloan, 24, of Baldslow Road, has had to fork out more than £100 in vets bills after both her cats Lionel and Butch have been the victims of airgun attacks in the last month.
Both animals required a course of antibiotics during which time they had to be housebound, and Butch had to have a pellet removed from the skin of her stomach with tweezers.
Ellie said that she was terrified of something else happening to her pets, but said that she did not want to keep them inside for their own well-being.
She said: “I just let them out in the hope that it won’t happen again. If it had been in the head or eye it would have been permanent damage.”
Ellie, a teaching assistant, moved to the area around five months ago specifically because it is quiet and safe, and is devastated that her pets have been targeted.
She currently has very little information to go on, and has distributed flyers to all her neighbours appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
“I would hate for anything awful to happen to another animal,” she said.
Police enquiries have drawn a blank, however anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting serial number 1532 of December 3.
So far this year, the RSPCA has received 99 reports of animals being shot at with airguns, in the south-east, 39 of which were cats.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “Using such weapons to shoot animals is absolutely unacceptable and causes a great deal of distress to the animals and owners. We need to find out who is behind senseless attacks like these and appeal to anyone to get in touch on 0300 1234 999 if they have information.”