Twix, a three-year-old male cat, was rushed to Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists for life-saving surgery after he was cruelly shot with an air rifle in the Itchen area of Southampton.

The pellet from the rifle entered one side of Twix’s abdomen, skimming one of his kidneys and missing vital vessels by just 1mm. We were able to remove the pellet through a small skin incision on the opposite side. Fortunately, Twix only sustained minor trauma to the kidney and spleen.

Twix’s owner said; “Twix has made a marvelous recovery and is almost back to his old self. My family and I cannot thank the staff at Anderson Moores enough for the care Twix received, it could not have been better. When my son and I arrived with Twix we were in shock at what had happened but the team at Anderson Moores quickly put us at ease and we were reassured that he was in the best hands and that proved to be so. I would like to say thank you for all that Anderson Moores did to prevent Twix from dying but also for their concern at how his injury had come about. It meant a great deal to know that they were angry too at what someone had done to our pet.”

Following the recent incident, Madison Rogers, Advocacy & Government Relations Officer at Cats Protection, said: “Cats Protection sadly hears of incidents of cats being shot with air guns all too often. In 2017 there were 164 cats reported as being shot with an air gun in the press. This is also likely to be an underestimate of the number of incidents taking place as many attacks never get reported. Air gun attacks on cats not only cause terrible injuries or even death but also result in grief and anguish to the owners as well as fears in the local community for the safety of pets and people. The charity is campaigning to make it illegal to own an air gun without a licence to prevent these deadly weapons falling into the wrong hands. Recently Cats Protection delivered a petition to No.10 Downing Street signed by over 110,000 supporters, calling for the licensing of air guns in England and Wales. The petition is still live and can be signed by visiting www.cats.org.uk/airgunspetition The Government is still to announce its next steps following their review of air gun licensing”

The police have been informed of the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact them quoting crime reference number 44180186519.

Published: 29-06-2018

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