Owners horror after pregnant cat shot twice with air rifle

Wimbledon Guardian: Owners horror after pregnant cat shot twice with air rifle Owners horror after pregnant cat shot twice with air rifle

An owner has spoken of her horror after her pregnant pedigree cat was shot twice by a high powered air rifle.

One year old Amber was five weeks pregnant when she was shot in both hind legs on Wednesday, September 5, in Malvern Close, Mitcham between 2 and 5.30pm.

Her owner, Bronwen Smewing, who lives in Malvern Close said: "Luckily she made it home and I was able to get her to our local vet where she had to remain overnight as the risk of aborting the cubs was high due to the extreme shock and stress this caused."

The vet confirmed she had been shot with two air rifle pellets but was unable to remove them as doing so would be too dangerous for her unborn cubs.

The rare Savannah breed cat is descended from the African serval, bred with a Siamese, and is extremely rare having only been recognised by the International Cat Association in 2001. 

Mrs Smewing said: "I have no idea who would be so cruel but would like other local residents around our area to be aware that there is someone who clearly takes pleasure in causing pain and suffering to animals, it's normally a small step from animals to humans."

Anyone with information should call Merton police on contact police on 101 or Merton CID on 020 8649 3118

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9:12am Mon 10 Sep 12

bodon prifiz says...

great to hear cat is going to be ok, & hope thugs who done this will be soon caught, but! as beautiful as this cat is please please always spey/neuter. not fair on the cats health & too many rescue cats looking for homes, are PTS because rescue centres are full
great to hear cat is going to be ok, & hope thugs who done this will be soon caught, but! as beautiful as this cat is please please always spey/neuter. not fair on the cats health & too many rescue cats looking for homes, are PTS because rescue centres are full bodon prifiz
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9:48am Mon 10 Sep 12

trasie says...

No offence bodon prifiz, but this appears to be a very rare breed of cat so I would imagine that the kittens would have homes to go to already. I for one think this is a beautiful animal so I would imagine that all the kittens will have a home, and not be send them to rescue centres.
No offence bodon prifiz, but this appears to be a very rare breed of cat so I would imagine that the kittens would have homes to go to already. I for one think this is a beautiful animal so I would imagine that all the kittens will have a home, and not be send them to rescue centres. trasie
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10:15am Mon 10 Sep 12

emelem says...

i am really, really sad to hear a cat was shot (again!) but she should have been spayed a.s.a.p. why would this woman want to bring more animals into a world where there is such little respect for them? because she is a breeder, wants to make some money and therefore has very little respect for the animals herself. i've had it with breeders! every excuse in the world to make some dosh.

trasie, just because this breed is rare and beautiful (not more so than other breeds, thank you) does not mean they will go to safe homes or have a safe place in life. they could go to a very loving, caring person and still be hurt at the hands of others, just as this mother cat was. why make more animals when there are plenty in need of good homes *right now*?
i am really, really sad to hear a cat was shot (again!) but she should have been spayed a.s.a.p. why would this woman want to bring more animals into a world where there is such little respect for them? because she is a breeder, wants to make some money and therefore has very little respect for the animals herself. i've had it with breeders! every excuse in the world to make some dosh. trasie, just because this breed is rare and beautiful (not more so than other breeds, thank you) does not mean they will go to safe homes or have a safe place in life. they could go to a very loving, caring person and still be hurt at the hands of others, just as this mother cat was. why make more animals when there are plenty in need of good homes *right now*? emelem
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9:06pm Mon 10 Sep 12

bodon prifiz says...

trasie wrote:
No offence bodon prifiz, but this appears to be a very rare breed of cat so I would imagine that the kittens would have homes to go to already. I for one think this is a beautiful animal so I would imagine that all the kittens will have a home, and not be send them to rescue centres.
well over 100 000 healthy dogs & TWICE that amount of cats (in that figure yes rare breeds) are PTS every year because of lack of homes due to irresponsible breeders. I also understand what you are saying(re rare breeds) but i dont support that view,when said cat is only a year old! they are suseptible to pymera cancers & other dangerous conditions. Also with a law passed last year. ALL breeders be it 1 litter or 20!!!! must now declare all monies earned to the inland revenue. At the end of the day it all comes down to MONEY
[quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: No offence bodon prifiz, but this appears to be a very rare breed of cat so I would imagine that the kittens would have homes to go to already. I for one think this is a beautiful animal so I would imagine that all the kittens will have a home, and not be send them to rescue centres.[/p][/quote]well over 100 000 healthy dogs & TWICE that amount of cats (in that figure yes rare breeds) are PTS every year because of lack of homes due to irresponsible breeders. I also understand what you are saying(re rare breeds) but i dont support that view,when said cat is only a year old! they are suseptible to pymera cancers & other dangerous conditions. Also with a law passed last year. ALL breeders be it 1 litter or 20!!!! must now declare all monies earned to the inland revenue. At the end of the day it all comes down to MONEY bodon prifiz
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8:54am Tue 11 Sep 12

Bronnie 217 says...

bodon prifiz wrote:
great to hear cat is going to be ok, & hope thugs who done this will be soon caught, but! as beautiful as this cat is please please always spey/neuter. not fair on the cats health & too many rescue cats looking for homes, are PTS because rescue centres are full
Folks, you don't know me, so I accept your comments are written from what you've read and what you have interpreted from that - she is my sweet girl, I am not a breeder, she was rescued by me from a breeder, already pregnant!
She was due to be speyed when we found out she was pregnant again - certainly not deliberate, all the kittens had homes to go to, it was only being pregnant that saved her life. She was actually shot 3 times and the third pellet that should have killed her shattered her uterus and killed the babies - she is currently at the vets having undergone surgery to remove the babies, bullets and spey her. All my pets are rescues - I AM NOT NOT A BREEDER.
[quote][p][bold]bodon prifiz[/bold] wrote: great to hear cat is going to be ok, & hope thugs who done this will be soon caught, but! as beautiful as this cat is please please always spey/neuter. not fair on the cats health & too many rescue cats looking for homes, are PTS because rescue centres are full[/p][/quote]Folks, you don't know me, so I accept your comments are written from what you've read and what you have interpreted from that - she is my sweet girl, I am not a breeder, she was rescued by me from a breeder, already pregnant! She was due to be speyed when we found out she was pregnant again - certainly not deliberate, all the kittens had homes to go to, it was only being pregnant that saved her life. She was actually shot 3 times and the third pellet that should have killed her shattered her uterus and killed the babies - she is currently at the vets having undergone surgery to remove the babies, bullets and spey her. All my pets are rescues - I AM NOT NOT A BREEDER. Bronnie 217
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9:01am Tue 11 Sep 12

Bronnie 217 says...

trasie wrote:
No offence bodon prifiz, but this appears to be a very rare breed of cat so I would imagine that the kittens would have homes to go to already. I for one think this is a beautiful animal so I would imagine that all the kittens will have a home, and not be send them to rescue centres.
Trasie
Thank you for your kind comment, she is indeed very rare and beautiful, all the kittens had homes and I was not 'charging' for them. I just wanted her to be speyed and healthy, we had tried to keep her in and away from un-neutered Toms, as she was still feeding her first kitten - but she got out and we found out only last Saturday she was pregnant again. The kittens saved her life, the third bullet shattered her uterus and had she not been pregnant with her swollen 'belly' she would have been killed - the point of this story is to try and find out who did this and alert other pet owners in the area. I have both dogs and cats and all apart from one are rescue animals, I donate to 2 different animal charities each month
[quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: No offence bodon prifiz, but this appears to be a very rare breed of cat so I would imagine that the kittens would have homes to go to already. I for one think this is a beautiful animal so I would imagine that all the kittens will have a home, and not be send them to rescue centres.[/p][/quote]Trasie Thank you for your kind comment, she is indeed very rare and beautiful, all the kittens had homes and I was not 'charging' for them. I just wanted her to be speyed and healthy, we had tried to keep her in and away from un-neutered Toms, as she was still feeding her first kitten - but she got out and we found out only last Saturday she was pregnant again. The kittens saved her life, the third bullet shattered her uterus and had she not been pregnant with her swollen 'belly' she would have been killed - the point of this story is to try and find out who did this and alert other pet owners in the area. I have both dogs and cats and all apart from one are rescue animals, I donate to 2 different animal charities each month Bronnie 217
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9:05am Tue 11 Sep 12

Bronnie 217 says...

emelem wrote:
i am really, really sad to hear a cat was shot (again!) but she should have been spayed a.s.a.p. why would this woman want to bring more animals into a world where there is such little respect for them? because she is a breeder, wants to make some money and therefore has very little respect for the animals herself. i've had it with breeders! every excuse in the world to make some dosh.

trasie, just because this breed is rare and beautiful (not more so than other breeds, thank you) does not mean they will go to safe homes or have a safe place in life. they could go to a very loving, caring person and still be hurt at the hands of others, just as this mother cat was. why make more animals when there are plenty in need of good homes *right now*?
Emelem - you really should think about what you write, I am not a breeder, quite the contrary, all my pets (except one) including Amber were rescues. I am a responsible owner and all my animals are speyed and neutered - my vets bill would prove that! All her unborn babies had homes to go to and I was not charging for them - the point of the story is to try and find out who did this - not promote the breed or 'breeding' pursae,
[quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: i am really, really sad to hear a cat was shot (again!) but she should have been spayed a.s.a.p. why would this woman want to bring more animals into a world where there is such little respect for them? because she is a breeder, wants to make some money and therefore has very little respect for the animals herself. i've had it with breeders! every excuse in the world to make some dosh. trasie, just because this breed is rare and beautiful (not more so than other breeds, thank you) does not mean they will go to safe homes or have a safe place in life. they could go to a very loving, caring person and still be hurt at the hands of others, just as this mother cat was. why make more animals when there are plenty in need of good homes *right now*?[/p][/quote]Emelem - you really should think about what you write, I am not a breeder, quite the contrary, all my pets (except one) including Amber were rescues. I am a responsible owner and all my animals are speyed and neutered - my vets bill would prove that! All her unborn babies had homes to go to and I was not charging for them - the point of the story is to try and find out who did this - not promote the breed or 'breeding' pursae, Bronnie 217
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11:20am Tue 11 Sep 12

trasie says...

I too have a rescue cat who is 17 yrs old now, who has been spayed and is a very old but beautiful girl. My point was, not to assume that the cat is being mistreated and uncared for because she is/was pregnant. Some things are not as they first seem. I hope she makes a full recovery and best wishes to her owner.
I too have a rescue cat who is 17 yrs old now, who has been spayed and is a very old but beautiful girl. My point was, not to assume that the cat is being mistreated and uncared for because she is/was pregnant. Some things are not as they first seem. I hope she makes a full recovery and best wishes to her owner. trasie
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11:29am Tue 11 Sep 12

alan smewing says...

Bronnie 217 wrote:
emelem wrote:
i am really, really sad to hear a cat was shot (again!) but she should have been spayed a.s.a.p. why would this woman want to bring more animals into a world where there is such little respect for them? because she is a breeder, wants to make some money and therefore has very little respect for the animals herself. i've had it with breeders! every excuse in the world to make some dosh.

trasie, just because this breed is rare and beautiful (not more so than other breeds, thank you) does not mean they will go to safe homes or have a safe place in life. they could go to a very loving, caring person and still be hurt at the hands of others, just as this mother cat was. why make more animals when there are plenty in need of good homes *right now*?
Emelem - you really should think about what you write, I am not a breeder, quite the contrary, all my pets (except one) including Amber were rescues. I am a responsible owner and all my animals are speyed and neutered - my vets bill would prove that! All her unborn babies had homes to go to and I was not charging for them - the point of the story is to try and find out who did this - not promote the breed or 'breeding' pursae,
The cat was not shot again, whoever did it shot her, reloaded the gun, shot her again then reloaded the gun and shot her the third time, probably some ignorant person like yourself did it.
[quote][p][bold]Bronnie 217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emelem[/bold] wrote: i am really, really sad to hear a cat was shot (again!) but she should have been spayed a.s.a.p. why would this woman want to bring more animals into a world where there is such little respect for them? because she is a breeder, wants to make some money and therefore has very little respect for the animals herself. i've had it with breeders! every excuse in the world to make some dosh. trasie, just because this breed is rare and beautiful (not more so than other breeds, thank you) does not mean they will go to safe homes or have a safe place in life. they could go to a very loving, caring person and still be hurt at the hands of others, just as this mother cat was. why make more animals when there are plenty in need of good homes *right now*?[/p][/quote]Emelem - you really should think about what you write, I am not a breeder, quite the contrary, all my pets (except one) including Amber were rescues. I am a responsible owner and all my animals are speyed and neutered - my vets bill would prove that! All her unborn babies had homes to go to and I was not charging for them - the point of the story is to try and find out who did this - not promote the breed or 'breeding' pursae,[/p][/quote]The cat was not shot again, whoever did it shot her, reloaded the gun, shot her again then reloaded the gun and shot her the third time, probably some ignorant person like yourself did it. alan smewing
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11:35am Tue 11 Sep 12

alan smewing says...

And I think you are missing the whole point here, whoever shot her three times would not have known she was pregnant, she was shot for no reason by an idiot.
And I think you are missing the whole point here, whoever shot her three times would not have known she was pregnant, she was shot for no reason by an idiot. alan smewing
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6:25pm Tue 11 Sep 12

fatboyjim154 says...

Sadly the $%^** who shot the cat is probably an adult who doesn't like cats crapping in their garden rather than silly little kid. Either way they (along with some of the commentors on here) should be neutered to prevent ignorance and polution of the gene pool.
I would love to know how emelem managed to come to the conclusion that the owner was a breeder who just wants to make money from reading this article. If she was only in it for the money would she give a monkeys or care enough to contact the press. Er no of course not.
Sadly the $%^** who shot the cat is probably an adult who doesn't like cats crapping in their garden rather than silly little kid. Either way they (along with some of the commentors on here) should be neutered to prevent ignorance and polution of the gene pool. I would love to know how emelem managed to come to the conclusion that the owner was a breeder who just wants to make money from reading this article. If she was only in it for the money would she give a monkeys or care enough to contact the press. Er no of course not. fatboyjim154
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