Sooty's clean sweep

CROSSBOW victim Sooty the cat was today enjoying some get-well goodies courtesy of a pet shop which helped with her adoption as a kitten.

CROSSBOW victim Sooty the cat was today enjoying some get-well goodies courtesy of a pet shop which helped with her adoption as a kitten.

The three-year-old has been gifted some treats by Pets at Home to aid her recovery after being shot in the leg with an arrow by thugs.

Store bosses were happy to help after The Evening Star alerted them to Sooty's ordeal.

The shop, in the Orwell Retail Park, Ranelagh Road, played a big part in Sooty's life a few years ago when her current owner, Natasha Wright, saw an advert on the wall requesting her adoption.

Staff were disgusted to hear of her plight in Wednesday's Star.

Tessa Butcher, assistant manager, said: “It was horrible. I am a cat lover and I wonder how people could do such a thing.”

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Sooty was presented with a bed, toys and some treats at Pets at Home.

Miss Wright, of Canterbury Close, Stoke Park, said it was nice to return to the shop which had enabled her to adopt Sooty.

She said: “It is great what the shop has done.

“They didn't have to get involved today so I am really pleased. Sooty was really calm and content in the shop and is enjoying her treats.”

Miss Wright, 20, became concerned for Sooty's welfare when she had not returned all day and night on Sunday, September 21.

When the cat eventually limped in at 7am the following morning, Miss Wright noticed an arrow through the top part of her leg. She is now making a full recovery.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack and urge anyone who may have seen anything suspicious between 7am on September 21 and 7am on September 22 to come forward.

Anyone who knows anything about this incident is asked to call Pc Alison Denbon at the Ipswich Neighbourhood Response Team on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

What is your reaction to the attack and Sooty's amazing recovery? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

PETS at Home runs an adoption service for small animals in need of a home.

Among the pets available are:

Twizzles, a six-month-old female Russian dwarf hamster.

Maple, Pecan and Jerry the gerbils.

Fudge, a three-month-old male Russian dwarf hamster.

Magic, an eight-month-old black Netherland dwarf rabbit.

If you would like more information or to adopt a pet, please call Pets at Home on 01473 221487.