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Yeadon and Guiseley pet owners concerned after cats are shot at from car
Police are appealing for help to find vicious attackers who shot three cats with an air rifle.
One cat was shot in the eye and another could easily have been killed.
Police confirmed they had also received a report of a third incident.
Now the owner of one of the animals is warning other pet owners to be on their guard.
Stephanie Gray, of Tennyson Street, Guiseley, said 14-year-old Icarus was shot with a pellet sometime between Friday, September 28, and Monday, September 30.
“He had blood on the right-hand side of his chest and was growling at me, which was really weird,” she said.
“I checked to see if it was an abscess or something and found the pellet in his left shoulder – it was horrible.”
She went to warn her neighbour and found that her cat had been shot in the eye.
“You just don’t think something like this is going to happen,” she said. “I have heard from a friend that someone was seen driving round Yeadon shooting from a car.”
Icarus is now recovering after being seen by a vet who removed the pellet.
Stephanie, 36, said: “When it first happened they were concerned he might lose his leg because he wasn’t walking properly but they have said now he could have a permanent limp.
“The RSPCA told me if it had gone into his shoulder and gone the other way he could have been dead.”
One resident, Charlotte Topliss, said: “Reports have been made by members of the public in Yeadon about cats being shot in the eyes and from a silver BMW at night time.”
She added: “There is mass panic in the area as people are frightened to let their animals out due to some maniacs driving around shooting animals with some form of gun out of a car window.”
She said there had been panic as people from the Queensway estate and Henshaw Lane in Yeadon, have found tennis balls filled with catnip which they feared could cause serious illness if consumed by children.
Inspector Richard Coldwell, who heads the Aireborough & Wharfedale Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These incidents are clearly very distressing for the owners and their cats, and other pet owners in the area will understandably be concerned.
“To harm defenceless animals in such a cruel way is completely unacceptable.
“We don’t know when or where the cats were shot and there are no known suspects so we would welcome any information from the community.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Aireborough & Wharfedale NPT via the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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