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Cat loses an eye in air gun attack

PUBLISHED: 11:51 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:40 25 August 2010

15.04.08
441 Footscray Road, New Eltham, SE9 3UL.
Sheila Lane with her cat, Charlie. Charlie was shot in the eye with an air rifle - one of three cat vs gun attacks over the Easter holiday.
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15.04.08 441 Footscray Road, New Eltham, SE9 3UL. Sheila Lane with her cat, Charlie. Charlie was shot in the eye with an air rifle - one of three cat vs gun attacks over the Easter holiday. Picture: Jamie Gray Mobile:07834 965462 Email: jamie@jamiegray.com

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A CAT was shot in the eye during a sickening string of air rifle attacks on pets during the Easter holidays.

A CAT was shot in the eye during a "sickening" string of air rifle attacks on pets during the Easter holidays.

Charlie, a cat belonging to Sheila Lane, 64, of Footscray Road, New Eltham, had to have his eye removed after he was shot on Friday, April 4.

The incident follows two similar attacks on cats in Biggin Hill and Westerham over the Easter holidays.

Mrs Lane, retired, said: "It makes me feel sick and angry. I don't know why anyone would want to hurt an animal like that.

"I hope if someone reads about this they might realise those guns are dangerous. Where do they get them anyway?

"He has been going mad since the operation because we couldn't let him out. I'll have to let him out in future but I'll be worried about him now."

Without knowing what was wrong with Charlie, Mrs Lane and her taxi driver husband, Eric, took him to Park View Vets in Welling, where it was discovered he had been shot.

Operations to remove the pellet cost them almost £1,000. Lorraine Lawrence, of Village Green Avenue, Biggin Hill, discovered her three-year-old ginger tabby cat, Dusty, had been shot in the paw in March.

She said: "I can't believe someone would want to hurt a defenceless animal and even more that these guns are around.

"Responsible adults should not allow their kids access to these guns. Why do you need them unless you are at a shooting range?"

Another cat was shot in the back in Pilgrims Lane, Westerham, on March 28.

RSPCA inspectors are investigating the shootings but warn the number of air rifle attacks always increase during the school holidays.

RSPCA Inspector Sonya Gray said: "We would like to hear from anyone with any information about these horrendous attacks."

If you have any information you can call the RSPCA anonymously on 0300 123 4999.

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