A pet owner has spoken of her distress after her one-year-old cat, Milo was shot in the face with an air rifle in the ‘quiet’ village of Maxey.
Laura Richards, 24, who has lived in Maxey for more than 10 years, was extremely angry to find out that one of her three cats had been brutally shot in the face with an air rifle over the course of the weekend.
Milo, a black and white, short haired cat is lucky to be alive after suffering the shot which just missed his eye and nose. Laura said: “Any higher and Milo could have been left blind or even worse, dead.”
Laura first noticed Milo’s injuries after returning from a weekend away.
“I noticed he had a mark on his face and a lump on his neck, but I thought nothing of it,” said Laura. “The next day the lump had become rock solid so I took him to Burghley Veterinary Centre in Deeping St James, where the vets were shocked to find an air pellet in his neck.”
Against all odds Milo is now back home recovering from his ordeal, but he’s had to have a number of stitches to help repair the circular wound that has been left on his face.
Milo, who is used to being outside with his friends and Laura’s other cats Mortimer and Max, has now got to spend the next few days cooped up inside while he recovers better.
Laura said: “I’m scared to let him back outside, but it would be cruel of me to keep him inside. I’m really angry about what’s happened to poor Milo. It’s not human to want to hurt an animal or another being.”
RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs is investigating the case.
He said: “This incident has caused an unnecessary amount of suffering to an animal. Milo is truly lucky to still be alive.”
Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.