Wakefield police hunt for cat killer

Gail Hammond from Lupset. One of Gail's cats has recently been shot dead with an air rifle, and two others wounded. Gail is pictured with 'Charlie', who was one of the two wounded. Also, 'Charlie' was shot again yesterday (06/07/11).'w5715a127

Gail Hammond from Lupset. One of Gail's cats has recently been shot dead with an air rifle, and two others wounded. Gail is pictured with 'Charlie', who was one of the two wounded. Also, 'Charlie' was shot again yesterday (06/07/11).'w5715a127

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AIRGUN yobs killed a cat and maimed other pets on the same estate.

Gail Hammond was heartbroken when she found 11-month-old pet Baby shot dead on Monday.

She discovered her pet shot near to her home on Dewsbury Road, Lupset, after being alerted by a neighbour.

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

Miss Hammond, 35, of Dewsbury Road, said: “My daughters are so upset. Lexi is only three and she keeps looking down drains and asking if Baby is down there.

“I’ve spoke to mums at school who say other cats have gone missing in the area and some have also been poisoned by anti-freeze.”

Two of Miss Hammond’s other cats have also suffered from wounds, which vets have confirmed were from pellet guns.

Baby’s brother Charlie was shot in the head yesterday but survived.

Miss Hammond said: “I don’t want anyone else to go through this.

“I’m worried whoever is shooting the cats might hit a child.

“Where Baby was found some children were building a tree house. If someone is shooting cats, they’re not going to see children behind the trees.”

Anyone with information should contact the Central neighbourhood police team on 0845 6060606 or call the RSPCA on 0300 1234999