A pet lover is offering a reward to trace the heartless thug who shot and killed her cat.
Katherine Cornwell’s 16-month-old black and white, cat Jools is believed to have been shot with an air rifle in Fulwood, Preston, on Tuesday.
I can’t believe someone would do this to a harmless cat
A wounded Jools managed to make her way back home and Katherine, 52, rushed her to see a vet.
Katherine spoke of the heartbreaking moment that the vet from Oakhill Veterinary Centre in Fulwood told her that a bullet had punctured her beloved cat’s lung and that Jools would have to be put down. She said: “Jools’ breathing was slow and she wasn’t moving.
“The vet took an X-ray because we thought she had been hit by a car.
“The vet phoned us upset saying she had been shot.
“It was absolutely heartbreaking.
“I can’t believe someone would do this to a harmless cat.
“Someone has done that in cold blood.”
Lancashire police are aware of the incident but Katherine is offering a substantial reward to help find the cat killer.
She said: “I have no idea why someone would target her.
“She doesn’t stray far from the house so it must be someone local and she must have been shot from far away otherwise it would have gone through the other side.
“It is not like she has been lost because of an accident.
“Someone has shot her and that is what I am struggling to accept.
“She was a nice, peaceful cat and she was no trouble to anyone.
“We are offering a reward, I want to find out who did this so that they don’t kill any other cats.
“This is a criminal act, whoever has done it needs bringing to task.”
Vet Cindy Blick treated Jools.
She said: “It was a really young cat.
“An X-ray found the gun pellet and it had done too much internal damage already for us to go in and remove it.
“It was not a very nice case to have to deal with.
“It is very cruel.
“Incidents like this are not unheard of.
“But I haven’t heard of any other incidents like this in the local area recently.”