Police hunting yob who shot a cat with an air rifle in Nursling, Southampton

Hunt for thug who shot cat

Hunt for thug who shot cat

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POLICE are hunting a thug who shot a cat in the stomach with an air rifle, leaving the pet fighting for its life.

Toby, the six-year-old tabby, was targeted in the Hillyfields area of Nursling, near Southampton.

Despite efforts to save him at a city veterinary clinic, Toby passed away this morning.

Officers believe it was a deliberate attack on the cat and are warning other cat owners to be aware of the dangers and check their pets for pellet wounds.

PCSOs are out patrolling the area, on the lookout for anyone targeting animals.

Toby was taken to the vets by his owners who were concerned he was acting strangely, but it wasn’t until he had been examined that they were told the true extent of his injuries.

A pellet, believed to be from an air rifle used at close range, was found in the right side of the cat’s stomach.

They also noticed other injuries which suggest that the cat was hit as well.

PC Paul Weston said: “We want cat owners to be aware that there could be someone out there doing this deliberately.

“The vet is continuing to investigate how the other injuries were sustained, but our PCSOs are out on patrol in the area, looking for anyone with a pellet gun.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting, which happened last weekend, should contact PC Claire Bates, at Romsey police station on 101.

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1:10pm Sat 19 Apr 14

itsnotjustice says...

what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police..

or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.
what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police.. or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome. itsnotjustice
  • Score: 66

1:29pm Sat 19 Apr 14

sue1956 says...

Hear Hear
Hear Hear sue1956
  • Score: 34

1:43pm Sat 19 Apr 14

English not British says...

SICK!!!
SICK!!! English not British
  • Score: 28

3:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The Phantomerer says...

People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.
People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace. The Phantomerer
  • Score: 12

3:54pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The Phantomerer says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police..

or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.
"Him" eh? It sounds like you know something about who is responsible for this attack.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police.. or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.[/p][/quote]"Him" eh? It sounds like you know something about who is responsible for this attack. The Phantomerer
  • Score: -11

4:24pm Sat 19 Apr 14

House Sparrow says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.
I would like to see you try to keep a cat confined to a garden!
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.[/p][/quote]I would like to see you try to keep a cat confined to a garden! House Sparrow
  • Score: 12

5:58pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Mister Man says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
itsnotjustice wrote:
what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police..

or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.
"Him" eh? It sounds like you know something about who is responsible for this attack.
You'd make a great police detective!!
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police.. or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.[/p][/quote]"Him" eh? It sounds like you know something about who is responsible for this attack.[/p][/quote]You'd make a great police detective!! Mister Man
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mickey01 says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police..

or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.
in bred at hillyfields so no chance of catching the **** shooter
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police.. or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.[/p][/quote]in bred at hillyfields so no chance of catching the **** shooter mickey01
  • Score: 3

6:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police..

or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.
The same outcome being that the one who shot him is also shot, and then has the same outcome, and so on?

Didn't think it through, as usual.
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police.. or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.[/p][/quote]The same outcome being that the one who shot him is also shot, and then has the same outcome, and so on? Didn't think it through, as usual. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -6

6:13pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The Phantomerer says...

House Sparrow wrote:
The Phantomerer wrote:
People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.
I would like to see you try to keep a cat confined to a garden!
Two cats and four bunnies. To be honest the bunnies are harder work as they are better at digging. I figure it isn't fair to inflict my pet choices on my neighbours.
[quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.[/p][/quote]I would like to see you try to keep a cat confined to a garden![/p][/quote]Two cats and four bunnies. To be honest the bunnies are harder work as they are better at digging. I figure it isn't fair to inflict my pet choices on my neighbours. The Phantomerer
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The Phantomerer says...

Mister Man wrote:
The Phantomerer wrote:
itsnotjustice wrote:
what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police..

or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.
"Him" eh? It sounds like you know something about who is responsible for this attack.
You'd make a great police detective!!
hehe. I've been binge watching Columbo since I bought the boxset.
[quote][p][bold]Mister Man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: what a complete and utter piece of scum... someone must know who this pr1ck is and report him to the police.. or better still, do the same to him and hope for the same outcome.[/p][/quote]"Him" eh? It sounds like you know something about who is responsible for this attack.[/p][/quote]You'd make a great police detective!![/p][/quote]hehe. I've been binge watching Columbo since I bought the boxset. The Phantomerer
  • Score: -4

6:27pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Joseph Public says...

To the person responsible:

Did it make you feel big, brave or clever to shoot a defenceless 6-year-old cat? You're probably such a low-achiever that it gave you some sort of buzz. To most of us, however, you are a low-life scumbag who needs to be taught a lesson. Let's hope it's not too long in coming.
To the person responsible: Did it make you feel big, brave or clever to shoot a defenceless 6-year-old cat? You're probably such a low-achiever that it gave you some sort of buzz. To most of us, however, you are a low-life scumbag who needs to be taught a lesson. Let's hope it's not too long in coming. Joseph Public
  • Score: 19

7:11pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jayjay80 says...

There were two kids round by david lloyd last week trying to lure my cat out of the bushes. At first i thought they were just being friendly and they walked off. A few minutes later i heard some calling so looked out and saw the same people, hiding behind the bushes, trying again to lure my cat. One of them had what looked like a weapon, i was sure it was a catapult though not a airrifle. One was wearing a hoodie but thats all i remember. By the time i could get out they were trying to lead him up the path to five acres so i called him back inside.
There were two kids round by david lloyd last week trying to lure my cat out of the bushes. At first i thought they were just being friendly and they walked off. A few minutes later i heard some calling so looked out and saw the same people, hiding behind the bushes, trying again to lure my cat. One of them had what looked like a weapon, i was sure it was a catapult though not a airrifle. One was wearing a hoodie but thats all i remember. By the time i could get out they were trying to lead him up the path to five acres so i called him back inside. jayjay80
  • Score: 1

7:16pm Sat 19 Apr 14

*ay*carumba* says...

jayjay80 wrote:
There were two kids round by david lloyd last week trying to lure my cat out of the bushes. At first i thought they were just being friendly and they walked off. A few minutes later i heard some calling so looked out and saw the same people, hiding behind the bushes, trying again to lure my cat. One of them had what looked like a weapon, i was sure it was a catapult though not a airrifle. One was wearing a hoodie but thats all i remember. By the time i could get out they were trying to lead him up the path to five acres so i called him back inside.
May be worth giving a statement to the Police
[quote][p][bold]jayjay80[/bold] wrote: There were two kids round by david lloyd last week trying to lure my cat out of the bushes. At first i thought they were just being friendly and they walked off. A few minutes later i heard some calling so looked out and saw the same people, hiding behind the bushes, trying again to lure my cat. One of them had what looked like a weapon, i was sure it was a catapult though not a airrifle. One was wearing a hoodie but thats all i remember. By the time i could get out they were trying to lead him up the path to five acres so i called him back inside.[/p][/quote]May be worth giving a statement to the Police *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 7

8:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

For pity sake says...

The Phantomerer wrote:
House Sparrow wrote:
The Phantomerer wrote:
People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.
I would like to see you try to keep a cat confined to a garden!
Two cats and four bunnies. To be honest the bunnies are harder work as they are better at digging. I figure it isn't fair to inflict my pet choices on my neighbours.
Pity there aren't more cat owners who think like that.
[quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]House Sparrow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Phantomerer[/bold] wrote: People will have to keep their cats in their own gardens until the culprit is found. This is a disgrace.[/p][/quote]I would like to see you try to keep a cat confined to a garden![/p][/quote]Two cats and four bunnies. To be honest the bunnies are harder work as they are better at digging. I figure it isn't fair to inflict my pet choices on my neighbours.[/p][/quote]Pity there aren't more cat owners who think like that. For pity sake
  • Score: 0

10:44pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Mary80 says...

Can we just get Liam Neeson to karate chop the guy hard in the throat?
Can we just get Liam Neeson to karate chop the guy hard in the throat? Mary80
  • Score: 2

9:51am Sun 20 Apr 14

Keith Lemon for PM says...

If you 'own' a cat then you should be responsible for it ! I don't own any pets yet my kids can't play in there own garden because all the neighbours cats use it as a toilet ! If you feel you need to keep an animal then look after it properly ! If it is not supposed to stay in the house then maybe it shouldn't be there in the first place !
If you 'own' a cat then you should be responsible for it ! I don't own any pets yet my kids can't play in there own garden because all the neighbours cats use it as a toilet ! If you feel you need to keep an animal then look after it properly ! If it is not supposed to stay in the house then maybe it shouldn't be there in the first place ! Keith Lemon for PM
  • Score: -5

10:20am Sun 20 Apr 14

richard57 says...

Keith Lemon for PM wrote:
If you 'own' a cat then you should be responsible for it ! I don't own any pets yet my kids can't play in there own garden because all the neighbours cats use it as a toilet ! If you feel you need to keep an animal then look after it properly ! If it is not supposed to stay in the house then maybe it shouldn't be there in the first place !
a good hose sorts the problem and ive got a cat.
[quote][p][bold]Keith Lemon for PM[/bold] wrote: If you 'own' a cat then you should be responsible for it ! I don't own any pets yet my kids can't play in there own garden because all the neighbours cats use it as a toilet ! If you feel you need to keep an animal then look after it properly ! If it is not supposed to stay in the house then maybe it shouldn't be there in the first place ![/p][/quote]a good hose sorts the problem and ive got a cat. richard57
  • Score: 1

1:01pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Norwegian Saint says...

A cat rarely cra*s in its own garden! I used to have that problem back in Blighty, but this is disgusting!
A cat rarely cra*s in its own garden! I used to have that problem back in Blighty, but this is disgusting! Norwegian Saint
  • Score: -1

1:14pm Sun 20 Apr 14

itsnotjustice says...

i dont get all these morons whinging about cats crapping in their gardens....

cats will NOT stay in a house 24/7 , so even if you had a cat trained to use a litter tray or whatever they will still crap in peoples gardens.....

if you want to stop this happening just throw some lemon or orange peel down and theyll find somewhere else... simple..
i dont get all these morons whinging about cats crapping in their gardens.... cats will NOT stay in a house 24/7 , so even if you had a cat trained to use a litter tray or whatever they will still crap in peoples gardens..... if you want to stop this happening just throw some lemon or orange peel down and theyll find somewhere else... simple.. itsnotjustice
  • Score: 1

8:34pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Stubs says...

Send him to prison and hope he has to pick up the soap.
Send him to prison and hope he has to pick up the soap. Stubs
  • Score: -1

7:23am Mon 21 Apr 14

Keith Lemon for PM says...

itsnotjustice wrote:
i dont get all these morons whinging about cats crapping in their gardens....

cats will NOT stay in a house 24/7 , so even if you had a cat trained to use a litter tray or whatever they will still crap in peoples gardens.....

if you want to stop this happening just throw some lemon or orange peel down and theyll find somewhere else... simple..
The only moron on here is you ! Thinking you can own an animal ! If you can't be responsible for it then don't keep one! **** !
[quote][p][bold]itsnotjustice[/bold] wrote: i dont get all these morons whinging about cats crapping in their gardens.... cats will NOT stay in a house 24/7 , so even if you had a cat trained to use a litter tray or whatever they will still crap in peoples gardens..... if you want to stop this happening just throw some lemon or orange peel down and theyll find somewhere else... simple..[/p][/quote]The only moron on here is you ! Thinking you can own an animal ! If you can't be responsible for it then don't keep one! **** ! Keith Lemon for PM
  • Score: -2

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