A PRESTATYN mum-of-two has described the horror she felt when a vet told her that her beloved pet cat had been shot with an air rifle.
Emma Clarke, 26, suspected something was wrong when her cat, Tinkerbella, made a run for the garden shed rather than the house for food.
After discovering that she was in pain, Ms Clarke headed for the vets where an x-ray revealed that the three-year-old cat had been shot with an air rifle, which had shattered the tibia in her back left leg.
Ms Clarke said: “Tinkerbella has been confined to a cage for six weeks. She is crying as she wants to come out.
“I knew she wasn’t right as when the door opens, she usually runs in for food and she didn’t on this occasion.
“I was shocked when the vets phoned to say she had been shot with an air rifle as I never thought something like this would happen round here.”
The incident is believed to have happened in the vicinity of The Willows, in Prestatyn, shortly before 12pm on Sunday, September 29.
Ms Clarke added that her children, seven-year-old Ryan and four-year-old Olivia, had been left heartbroken by the incident.
She said: “They find it hard seeing her in a cast and inside a cage. They are both very upset that this has happened.
“We are still appealing for information. No one has come forward as yet. She is lucky to be here as the vet said that she would have gone in to hiding and died.”
A North Wales Police spokesperson said: “We had a report that a cat had been shot by an air rifle on Monday, September 30 at 6.50pm. Our inquiries are ongoing.”