A cat’s owners are in shock after discovering their pet had been shot with an air gun.
Martin and Verity Mason-Mcleod are hoping a witness will come forward and prevent another animal suffering the same fate.
Oscar, a white and ginger male cat, was taken to the vet with a puncture wound to his back leg last week, which at first was thought to be a bite.
Verity said: “The vet gave him some pain relief and antibiotics but over 24-hours he deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t lift his head.
“We whizzed him back to the vet, and an x-ray confirmed a there was a pellet inside Oscar. Sadly, it had gone through his intestine and bladder and he needed major surgery to remove it and repair the damage.”
The shooting happened between 7am and 6pm, on Thursday, October 2, in the Southern Cross area of Wixams.
Oscar was kept in by the vets and is now showing signs of recovery.
Verity said: “We are completely shocked there are people who would do such a thing. Oscar is such a loving animal and I hope this doesn’t change his personality.”
A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Shooting a cat is classed as criminal damage.
“There would have been a lot of people around Wixams at the time who may have heard shots, or seen something in the area.”
Contact police by calling 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, with any information.