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Felixstowe: Cat has leg amputated after being shot at point blank range

09:19 28 November 2012

Topsy the cat from Felixstowe has had to have a leg amputated after he was shot with an air rifle.

Topsy the cat from Felixstowe has had to have a leg amputated after he was shot with an air rifle.


VETS have had to amputate the leg of a cat which was shot by a callous thug at point blank range.


"They must have lured Topsy to them to get that close and then carried out this deliberate and evil act of violence. I feel very saddened that there are people out there who have so little humanity."

Louise Sandham

Today the animal’s shocked family condemned the “deliberate and evil act of violence” which left their pet in excruciating pain, nervous and facing a long recovery.

Police say Topsy – originally a feral cat who took five years to trust people – was shot with an airgun somewhere near his home in Garrison Lane, Felixstowe.

They are appealing for anyone with information about the incident or those involved to come forward.

Louise Sandham said Topsy had gone missing from her mum’s home and was later found him in the greenhouse very distressed and making a crying noise.

“Instantly my mum knew it was very bad – she thought he had been run over and could see his leg dangling. When the vet took x-rays he found he had been shot and said from the horrendous damage it must have been from point blank range,” she said.

“The vets at Whitworths were absolutely marvellous and tried all they could to save his front left leg but the only option in the end was to amputate.

“It is absolutely awful. I cannot believe that a human being could be so cruel to an animal – it is shocking.

“They must have lured Topsy to them to get that close and then carried out this deliberate and evil act of violence. I feel very saddened that there are people out there who have so little humanity.”

Topsy is believed to be more than 11 years old. When Ms Sandham’s mum moved to the house he was a feral cat and she would put out food for him.

“It took five years of feeding him before he would come into the house and trust people. It has left him very nervous and it will be long recovery,” she said.

“We just want people to be on their guard and to know someone is out there shooting at animals.”

She thanked the Blue Cross for helping with the cost of the vet’s bill.

■ A police spokeswoman said the shooting incident happened between Saturday November 17 and 1pm on Monday November 19. Anyone with information should call 101.



  • I simply do not understand why air rifles are legal in this country. What possible legitimate use is there for a weapon which is capable of killing animals and maiming humans in the hands of the general public? They are the weapon of choice of young men who make themselves feel 'big' by shooting defenceless animals and wild birds. No 'normal' person owns them, they are on a par with Staffordshire Bull Terriers in terms of the low lifes that own and use them inappropriately. Staffies are beautiful dogs in the right hands and killers when trained to do so. Air rifles have no place in any area of life as far as I can see. Why on earth aren't they banned???

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    Jane Summerfield

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Poor cat, people can be so mindless and cruel, what they go on to do later is also a worry as compassion is not high on their list of attributes.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • 8 lives left , pointless people in the world try dong it to a bigger cat . as in a tiger with a head start

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    Lee mundy

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Why is not the possession of an airgun made a criminal offense? Simple enough surely. Heartless hooligans who can do something like this will become prison candidates in due course.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • This poor cat comes in our garden i feed it and it lets me touch it. I noticed a long while ago he was not walking on his left leg when i touched it he didnt like it. If i had known i would have done something.He is such a nice cat when he gains your trust.

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    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • I say find the culprit and shoot them at point blank range.

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    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • It's time airgun where banned or you need a licenced to own one. They are a weapon and can cause serious injury far to often young people are allowed them and many are not repsonsible enough. How often do we hear stories of animals and even people beeing injuried by them.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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