02:41PM, Friday 04 November 2016
A charity worker was ‘mortified’ to come home from work on Halloween to discover her cat had been shot with an air rifle.
Yasmin Baig, 44, from Bath Road, Cippenham, left for work at about 8.30am on Monday, leaving her five-year-old rescue cat Charlotte at home.
She came back at about 5.30pm to find the tortoiseshell had a wound in her ribs, was not moving and struggling to breath.
“I was absolutely devastated and mortified that somebody could actually aim at a cat and pull a trigger and shoot something that’s defenceless,” she said.
“It makes you think about society.”
She took the cat to the Alma Veterinary Hospital in Windsor where vets removed an air rifle pellet.
It had lodged three inches into Charlotte’s body, near to her ribs, and narrowly missed her vital organs.
The cat was kept in overnight at the vets and was operated on the next day. She is now on the mend.
The operation cost Yasmin £720 and she thinks she will have to spend at least an extra £100 on additional check-ups.
She also took the day off work to be with Charlotte while she recovered from her operation.
“She’s recovering but she’s shaken up,” said Yasmin.
“Every bang or noise that she hears, she’s jumping, which isn’t good for this time of year.”
Yasmin cancelled her trip to a bonfire display to make sure the noise of fireworks did not distress Charlotte.
“She’s extremely nervous,” she said.
She now worries other cats in the area could also be at harm if the offender is not caught by police.
She added that Charlotte rarely went out onto the street so there was a good chance that somebody could have shot her while she was in her back garden.
She added: “It makes me think about moving away from this area because I want to keep my cat safe.”
Thames Valley Police are investigating the incident. Contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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