‘Vile’ attacks on cats with crossbow and air rifle
POLICE and pet owners are calling for help to track down the “vile people” who have shot at cats with air rifles and a crossbow.
At least one family pet died while another lost an eye after being shot by unknown offenders.
Investigations are underway and police have appealed for anyone with information about the attacks to contact them.
Two cats are believed to have been shot with an air rifle in the Shortwood area.
One of them was Georgina Bristow’s cat Louise, who was shot in the face, somewhere near her home.
Louise, who is around 11 years old, needed emergency surgery and had to have one of her eyes removed after the incident, which happened between 3pm and 5pm on May 5.
George believes the attack probably took place near the cycle path from Emersons Green to Westerleigh, which passes between Shortwood and Lyde Green.
She said: “Our best guess is that this happened on or near the cycle track between the ring road and Yate. She likes to explore the cycle track and fields around it.
“Cat owners, please be aware that there are some vile people around.”
George said she had heard of another cat being shot and killed on Main Road in Shortwood, not long before Louise was attacked, and thinks the two incidents could be linked.
Police are understood to have been making house to house enquiries in the area as they investigate the incidents.
George said: “It would be amazing if we could find who did this, before it happens again.”
About a week earlier Christine Mcfarlane’s cat Loki died after being shot with a crossbow near her home in Mangotsfield early on April 29.
The five-year-old cat could not get through the cat flap, because what is believed to have been a crossbow bolt around a foot long was lodged in his body, having passed through his lung, stomach, liver and bowels.
Christine and her husband took Loki to the emergency vet, Rowe in Bradley Stoke.
She said: “They said it was the worst attack they ever saw.”
Loki had to be put down as, despite what Christine described as “amazing” care, the vet decided that trying to remove the arrow would cause further injury to him.
Christine said: “What happened to Loki, and the other attacks on our family pets in the area, is very disturbing.
“It’s so frightening. I’ve got a dog, and I’m now frightened to let him out unless I’m with him.”
Christine believes the attack happened in the Royal Road or Streamside area, close to her home, as they could only find blood from Loki near their house and a neighbour had seen him uninjured at 6am, about half an hour before he came home injured.
She said: “Not knowing who did it is the worst thing, and the fact it’s happened so close to home.”
Christine is appealing for anyone who saw anything or thinks they know someone with a weapon that fires black bolts or arrows with metal tips and white plastic flights to contact the police.
She said: “Someone must know if there’s a person with a crossbow in the area.”
An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson appealed for anyone with information on either investigation to come forward.
Anyone with information about the Shortwood incident should quote log number 198 of May 9.
The spokesperson said police officers in the neighbourhood policing team covering Shortwood were looking for CCTV footage which could help the investigation and changing their patrol plans following the incident.
People with information on the Mangotsfield incident should call 101 and quote crime reference number 5221 092 158.