'Sinister feeling' behind cat's killing
'It just feels a little bit sinister'ALANA DIXON
An Otatara family is pleading for anyone with information about the shooting of their pet cat to come forward.
Shane Pleasance said one of his family's four cats, Colin, had to be put down after the family found him "listless and obviously in distress" last Friday.
Colin had vomited and was cold to the touch so the family took him to a vet, who discovered three small air-gun pellets in his body, Mr Pleasance said.
The vet told them Colin was unlikely to survive, even if operated on, so the family made the heart-wrenching decision to euthanise him, he said.
The self-described pet-loving family which also includes wife Jane, 15-year-old Bell and Edward, 18, have three other cats and two dogs.
They were devastated somebody had deliberately hurt Colin, Mr Pleasance said.
"How do you shoot a cat three times, because if you shot me in the bum I'm not going to hang around and let you shoot me twice more."
The shooting was not only irresponsible but also had a sinister undertone, given the evidence animal cruelty led to anti-social behaviour, Mr Pleasance said.
"It's quite sad because even aside from that [losing Colin], we know exactly what happened to him. He wasn't hit by a car, which would be an accident. It just feels a little bit sinister," he said.
The incident had been reported to police, but the family had distributed flyers throughout Otatara and were offering a $1000 reward for information leading to an arrest of the culprit, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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