A WIGAN couple have spoken of their distress after they were forced to have their pet cat’s leg amputated after it was shot.
John and Barbara Shields were horrifed when they found out that a callous gunman had targeted two-year-old Flossy.
Police have since been alerted and are now hunting the perpetrator to bring them to justice.
It was at around 2pm on Sunday, October 20 that the Shields spotted their cat struggling and dragging one of her back legs across from their home in Giants Hall Road, Standish Lower Ground.
“When we saw Flossy outside struggling to walk, we immediately dashed out to help,” said Mr Shields.
“We then noticed that her back right leg was bleeding. We took her indoors and cleaned the wound but she wouldn’t let us examine her to see what had caused the blood loss.
“It was Sunday afternoon so we had to make Flossy as comfortable as possible until we could take her to see the vet the following morning.”
After visiting Luc van Dijck Veterinary Clinic, Flossy had to have her rear right leg amputated, but is now at home recovering with her family.
Flossy was seen by surgeon Ian Cartmell who suspected a gunshot injury. His suspicions were confirmed once an X-ray had been taken.
Mr Cartmell rang the couple on Monday evening and informed her that Flossy would most likely have to have her leg amputated due to the severity of the damage caused to her femur.
The veterinary surgeon said: “It’s never nice delivering bad news to a pet owner and Barbara and her family were clearly distressed; however, my primary concern was saving Flossy’s life.
“I amputated her leg on the Tuesday morning and much to Barbara’s delight, Flossy recovered well and was allowed home by Friday afternoon.”
Police have made door-to-door inquiries but unfortunately there have been no witnesses to what happened to Flossy.
Mr Shields added: “We were absolutely devastated.
“How can someone be so cruel and evil? I don’t think these people realise that what they have done is a criminal offence. If they are caught they will be forced to pay costs plus repay our vet bills, but all we care about is Flossy.
“She’s doing well, though, and is bouncing around the house again but she now has to live the rest of her life with three legs.
“The vets were absolutely brilliant with us. They were so thoughtful. They sent us a copy of Flossy’s X-ray and we just sat in front of the computer and wept.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 55111.