Yobs in Normanton shoot pet cat

Maragret Hunter from Normanton. Pictured with one of her cats, 'Olive', that had to have a back leg amputated after being shot with an air rifle.'w5758a128

Maragret Hunter from Normanton. Pictured with one of her cats, 'Olive', that had to have a back leg amputated after being shot with an air rifle.'w5758a128

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Margaret Hunter is devastated that her cat Olive had to have her leg removed after being shot with an air gun rifle in Normanton.

She says two other cats have died after being shot and police are now hunting the yobs.

Next worker Mrs Hunter, 59, of Mackinnon Avenue said: “I cannot understand how someone could hurt a little animal. These are people’s pets, it is devastating.

“I am terrified for my other cats, especially the younger ones who often go out exploring.

“It is soul destroying and heart breaking.”

At first Mrs Hunter thought her cat had been in a fight with another pet when it came home injured.

But she was shocked to be told by her vet last Monday that a 22 rifle pellet had to be removed and its back left leg was amputated.

Police said they were investigating a number of shootings in Normanton and were aware of one animal being killed.

But officers say other pets could have been targeted, especially around the Ashgap Lane Allotments area.

PC Sandi Pearson, of Normanton neighbourhood police team (NPT), said: “It is awful. We are appealing for anyone with any information to come froward.

“Also, people need to make sure they report any similar crimes so we are aware of them.”

Last week the Express reported how airgun yobs had killed a cat in Lupset and left two others maimed.

Gail Hammond of Dewsbury Road, Lupset, was heartbroken when she found her 11-month-old cat Baby shot dead last Monday.

Two of her other cats also suffered wounds, which vets confirmed were from pellet guns.

The mum-of-three fears a sick cat killer could be targeting family pets.

Anyone with any information can contact the police on 08456 060606 or call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.