A RETIRED couple have spoken of their anger and distress after their pet cat died from gun wounds.
Timmy, a grey and black tabby cat, was put down by vets after 13 pellets were found lodged in his spine after he was repeatedly shot in a field on the outskirts of Bwylch y Ffridd, near Newtown, some time between September 8 and 9.
The cruel act has left owners Roy and Valerie Rylands, of Rock House, Bwlch y Ffridd, devastated and struggling to come to terms with his death.
“Someone somewhere is responsible for this terrible act of cruelty,” said Mrs Rylands.
“I hope they think about the upset that has been caused and the loss of a creature who loved the world he lived within.”
Roy and Valerie had enjoyed the company of Timmy for the past 11 years, ever since he strolled up to their home with a smile on his face and his tail wagging.
Valerie continued: “He loved the fields and woods of the farm and would return daily with rabbits and squirrels as ‘gifts’ for us, but one Sunday evening when he didn’t return we were worried.
“On Monday morning, out of a room in the house, Timmy emerged dragging his back leg and crying.
We immediately took him to the vet and after a preliminary investigation, to everyone’s horror, we discovered Timmy had been shot with the type of pellets used to kill foxes. There were 13 of these embedded in his back and his leg was shattered.”
Vets in Newtown did their best to save poor Timmy by putting a steel pin in his leg but in the end they had no choice but to cut his life short.
Valerie added: “He was making good progress. He was eating well but was very uncomfortable as he did not like being confined in a cage, which was essential so his leg would mend.
“He became very stressed and was having trouble with his bladder. We did every thing possible to alleviate the stress but nothing seemed to help, we even sought expert advice from Bristol University, but to no avail.
Timmy had reached the end of the line and we lost a wonderful cat.”
Police are appealing for witness to the incident and are encouraging anyone with information about the cat shooting to contact them on 101.
PC Huw Morgan said: “This was a cruel and vicious crime and we need to find those responsible.”