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Loved family pet loses eye after catapult attack
4:04pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A CAT has had to have an removed after being shot with a catapult.
Four-year-old Phoenix, who lives with the Petre family of Barnhill, Stanley, is recovering at home after his ordeal.
His injury was discovered when he came home last Tuesday night (September 3) and he was taken to the emergency vet in Newcastle.
He spent the next two days there and had to have his eye removed. The vets found a two centimetre ball bearing lodged in the cat’s eye.
Mother-of-two Andrea Petre, who reported the crime to Stanley police, said: “My children, aged ten and seven, are devastated that this has happened.
“This happened at dusk. Who is running around the woods with a catapult? This could equally have been a child.
“I just wanted to price somebody’s conscience and to alert other pet owners.
“ And if someone out there thinks they are clever with a catapult and they do so the damage they have done they may think that it isn’t a laugh after all.”
Stanley police are investigating and are urging anyone with information to call them on 101. The incident number is DHM-040922013-0295.
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