December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sirrus the cat is “extremely lucky” to be alive today – after being shot with a gun cartridge which left 16 pellets in his body.
The pellets all missed the black cat’s vital organs, but his owners say he must have used up several of his nine lives in the horrific incident.
Gavin and Julie Bayfield have been left shocked at the attack on the family’s pet.
Mr Bayfield, who works in IT, said: “It’s outrageous – psychotic. Who would discharge a shotgun at an innocent cat?
“He has been extremely lucky and it’s nothing short of a miracle that the pellets did not hit any of his vital organs.”
Mrs Bayfield said: “It is just horrendous and he will be at risk for the rest of his life. If he had not been such a well-built cat he would not have survived.”
Sirrus is now home from the vet with Mr and Mrs Bayfield, and their daughters Jessica, 10, and Sarah, eight, at their home in Melton Grange Road, Melton.
They are having to keep a close eye on him because one of the pellets – they cannot be removed because it would be huge operation – is close to his bladder.
Mrs Bayfield said Sirrus – a rescue cat of about eight years of age, and who has already lost his tail – had stayed out Wednesday night, which was unusual because it was cold.
She found him the next morning in the garden, but he would not come for his food and appeared dazed and confused and could hardly walk.
His stomach was swollen and fur fluffed up but no sign of blood. The vet thought he might have been hit by a car but then an x-ray showed the pellets scattered inside him.
Police are appealing for anyone with information that may help inquiries into the incident to call Suffolk Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.