Police appeal for help to catch cat killer who has targeted pets in Nursling and Rownhams

Police are renewing their appeal for information surrounding a cat killer who has shot two cats.

Police are renewing their appeal for information surrounding a cat killer who has shot two cats.

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THE hunt is on today for a cat killer who shot pets with an air gun. 

Police are renewing their appeal to help to track down yobs behind fatal air gun attacks on cats in Nursling and Rownhams.

A six-year-old tabby cat named Toby died from his injuries despite desperate attempt by vets to save him.

He was shot while in the Hillyfields area and another cat was seriously injured at Nutshalling Avenue and like Toby had to be put to sleep.

 Appealing for witnesses, PC Clair Bates said: “We are appealing to residents to come forward if they’ve seen or especially if they’ve heard anything suspicious in the last few weeks in these areas.

“These are traumatic events for both the animals and their owners.

"Both cats received veterinary medical treatment.

"Puncture wounds were discovered and pellets found inside their bodies, sadly due to their injuries they had to be put to sleep.”

Both incidents happened last month but police are renewing their appeal amid fears the culprit could strike again. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bates at Romsey Police Station on 101.

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11:15am Fri 9 May 14

sparkster says...

what is it with sickos who target animals, my mum's dog got hit by an air gun pellet literally just above the eye a fraction lower and she'd have been blinded. Before anyone jumps in with "cats are a nuisance and dig up gardens" etc. just spare a thought for the owners and children whose pet is a much loved family member and even if you dont like cats they dont deserve this
what is it with sickos who target animals, my mum's dog got hit by an air gun pellet literally just above the eye a fraction lower and she'd have been blinded. Before anyone jumps in with "cats are a nuisance and dig up gardens" etc. just spare a thought for the owners and children whose pet is a much loved family member and even if you dont like cats they dont deserve this sparkster
  • Score: 67

11:29am Fri 9 May 14

93Brandon says...

no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin
no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin 93Brandon
  • Score: 17

12:06pm Fri 9 May 14

derek james says...

these guns should be licensed in the same way other guns are
these guns should be licensed in the same way other guns are derek james
  • Score: 42

12:16pm Fri 9 May 14

Lockssmart says...

Dont think i'll a kebab tonight now
Dont think i'll a kebab tonight now Lockssmart
  • Score: -40

12:34pm Fri 9 May 14

Mary80 says...

Punishment should fit the crime get the pet owners to shoot the scum with an air rifle let the piece of crap know how it feels
Punishment should fit the crime get the pet owners to shoot the scum with an air rifle let the piece of crap know how it feels Mary80
  • Score: 41

1:00pm Fri 9 May 14

ToastyTea says...

Poor cats, makes me angry and upset reading this. Must be awful for the owners. Absolute scum people who harm animals.
Poor cats, makes me angry and upset reading this. Must be awful for the owners. Absolute scum people who harm animals. ToastyTea
  • Score: 36

1:14pm Fri 9 May 14

allsaintsnocurves says...

Surely someone in the area must know the person who owns an air gun! This is sick and there should be a serious sentence attached to the crime of animal murder and I hope a jail sentence when they are caught might sway others in future.
Surely someone in the area must know the person who owns an air gun! This is sick and there should be a serious sentence attached to the crime of animal murder and I hope a jail sentence when they are caught might sway others in future. allsaintsnocurves
  • Score: 22

1:17pm Fri 9 May 14

Inform Al says...

93Brandon wrote:
no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin
You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.
[quote][p][bold]93Brandon[/bold] wrote: no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin[/p][/quote]You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant. Inform Al
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Fri 9 May 14

daveprotools says...

This knob jockey, when he's caught, should be made to reimburse each owner the price of the cat, however many years they've owned it worth of food and the vets bill for them to learn that their pet had died from a pellet wound.

Then he can go to jail.
This knob jockey, when he's caught, should be made to reimburse each owner the price of the cat, however many years they've owned it worth of food and the vets bill for them to learn that their pet had died from a pellet wound. Then he can go to jail. daveprotools
  • Score: 24

1:21pm Fri 9 May 14

susie159 says...

Heard about a similar incident recently in Bassett area. Agree that these weapons should be licenced.
Heard about a similar incident recently in Bassett area. Agree that these weapons should be licenced. susie159
  • Score: 10

1:21pm Fri 9 May 14

waltons11 says...

I really do not like cats, however I would never hurt one or any living creature for that matter - surely someone has an idea of who this may be?
I really do not like cats, however I would never hurt one or any living creature for that matter - surely someone has an idea of who this may be? waltons11
  • Score: 10

1:50pm Fri 9 May 14

Poppy22 says...

Anyone who can purposely injure a living creature, especially a defenceless animal, should be locked up and the key thrown away (or be subjected to an automated "pain" machine which gives them some idea of the suffering they've caused...!).
Some people find other people's cats a nuisance but then some people find other people's children a worse nuisance, but they don't go around shooting them!
And for many people, especially the elderly and those living alone, cats are as much a part of their family as humans.
And why are these air pistols still permitted to be in private ownership? Only people who are members of approved gun clubs should be able to own a firearm and then it should be kept at the club unless, eg, they are farmers or similar using a gun for pest control.
Hopefully someone will "shop" these sick individuals and the RSPCA will prosecute.
Anyone who can purposely injure a living creature, especially a defenceless animal, should be locked up and the key thrown away (or be subjected to an automated "pain" machine which gives them some idea of the suffering they've caused...!). Some people find other people's cats a nuisance but then some people find other people's children a worse nuisance, but they don't go around shooting them! And for many people, especially the elderly and those living alone, cats are as much a part of their family as humans. And why are these air pistols still permitted to be in private ownership? Only people who are members of approved gun clubs should be able to own a firearm and then it should be kept at the club unless, eg, they are farmers or similar using a gun for pest control. Hopefully someone will "shop" these sick individuals and the RSPCA will prosecute. Poppy22
  • Score: 14

2:09pm Fri 9 May 14

Mong Tong says...

Not that its right to discharge air-weapons 'willy-nilly' but just remember that these (and I quote) "poor defenceless" cats are the biggest killer of wild birds and small mammals in the UK.
Just saying....
Not that its right to discharge air-weapons 'willy-nilly' but just remember that these (and I quote) "poor defenceless" cats are the biggest killer of wild birds and small mammals in the UK. Just saying.... Mong Tong
  • Score: -31

2:10pm Fri 9 May 14

kyrrie says...

Inform Al wrote:
93Brandon wrote:
no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin
You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.
Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]93Brandon[/bold] wrote: no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin[/p][/quote]You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.[/p][/quote]Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing. kyrrie
  • Score: 8

3:22pm Fri 9 May 14

Smartiepants says...

Mong Tong wrote:
Not that its right to discharge air-weapons 'willy-nilly' but just remember that these (and I quote) "poor defenceless" cats are the biggest killer of wild birds and small mammals in the UK.
Just saying....
Do your research with the RSPB who will disagree with you. You've probably just thought that one up without looking up the facts. So you're saying its not ok to discharge a gun inappropriately but the cats really do deserve it. Wow, what supreme powers of reasoning you have - just saying .......
[quote][p][bold]Mong Tong[/bold] wrote: Not that its right to discharge air-weapons 'willy-nilly' but just remember that these (and I quote) "poor defenceless" cats are the biggest killer of wild birds and small mammals in the UK. Just saying....[/p][/quote]Do your research with the RSPB who will disagree with you. You've probably just thought that one up without looking up the facts. So you're saying its not ok to discharge a gun inappropriately but the cats really do deserve it. Wow, what supreme powers of reasoning you have - just saying ....... Smartiepants
  • Score: 19

3:30pm Fri 9 May 14

Inform Al says...

kyrrie wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
93Brandon wrote:
no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin
You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.
Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.
Actually not paid for by the council so please try to get your facts right. Most though because of the excessive rents charged by private landlords will, even if working, be claiming GOVERNMENT housing benefit.
[quote][p][bold]kyrrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]93Brandon[/bold] wrote: no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin[/p][/quote]You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.[/p][/quote]Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.[/p][/quote]Actually not paid for by the council so please try to get your facts right. Most though because of the excessive rents charged by private landlords will, even if working, be claiming GOVERNMENT housing benefit. Inform Al
  • Score: -6

3:41pm Fri 9 May 14

southamptonkd* says...

Just horrible!! What if it was their pet that was shot!!? When they catch them they should go down for murder!! Think its funny to do it well they should do the time sick murders!!
Just horrible!! What if it was their pet that was shot!!? When they catch them they should go down for murder!! Think its funny to do it well they should do the time sick murders!! southamptonkd*
  • Score: 4

3:57pm Fri 9 May 14

Lockssmart says...

Im having second thoughts about a Chinese takeaway.
Im having second thoughts about a Chinese takeaway. Lockssmart
  • Score: -16

4:00pm Fri 9 May 14

Mary80 says...

Mong Tong wrote:
Not that its right to discharge air-weapons 'willy-nilly' but just remember that these (and I quote) "poor defenceless" cats are the biggest killer of wild birds and small mammals in the UK.
Just saying....
Even if cats were a pest to birds how the hell can you justify them being shot with air rifles and left to die in agony? There are humane methods to deal with cats you know
[quote][p][bold]Mong Tong[/bold] wrote: Not that its right to discharge air-weapons 'willy-nilly' but just remember that these (and I quote) "poor defenceless" cats are the biggest killer of wild birds and small mammals in the UK. Just saying....[/p][/quote]Even if cats were a pest to birds how the hell can you justify them being shot with air rifles and left to die in agony? There are humane methods to deal with cats you know Mary80
  • Score: 5

5:05pm Fri 9 May 14

kerryjohnson says...

Our cat got called over by two boys a few weeks ago and they had what looked like a catapult on them my husband saw it not me. So he quickly got biscuit in. There was two of them but had there hoodies up they had a dog with them. This happened in hillyfields around the time the first got got killed
Our cat got called over by two boys a few weeks ago and they had what looked like a catapult on them my husband saw it not me. So he quickly got biscuit in. There was two of them but had there hoodies up they had a dog with them. This happened in hillyfields around the time the first got got killed kerryjohnson
  • Score: 0

5:20pm Fri 9 May 14

pod says...

did anyone ever get charged when the little girl was shot with a air rifle in sholing?
did anyone ever get charged when the little girl was shot with a air rifle in sholing? pod
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Fri 9 May 14

kyrrie says...

Inform Al wrote:
kyrrie wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
93Brandon wrote:
no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin
You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.
Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.
Actually not paid for by the council so please try to get your facts right. Most though because of the excessive rents charged by private landlords will, even if working, be claiming GOVERNMENT housing benefit.
No I think your find housing benefit is paid for by your local council so get your facts right. If you don't believe me go on the gov website.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kyrrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]93Brandon[/bold] wrote: no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin[/p][/quote]You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.[/p][/quote]Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.[/p][/quote]Actually not paid for by the council so please try to get your facts right. Most though because of the excessive rents charged by private landlords will, even if working, be claiming GOVERNMENT housing benefit.[/p][/quote]No I think your find housing benefit is paid for by your local council so get your facts right. If you don't believe me go on the gov website. kyrrie
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Inform Al says...

kyrrie wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
kyrrie wrote:
Inform Al wrote:
93Brandon wrote:
no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin
You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.
Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.
Actually not paid for by the council so please try to get your facts right. Most though because of the excessive rents charged by private landlords will, even if working, be claiming GOVERNMENT housing benefit.
No I think your find housing benefit is paid for by your local council so get your facts right. If you don't believe me go on the gov website.
Using government money for council homes.
[quote][p][bold]kyrrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kyrrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]93Brandon[/bold] wrote: no doubt they will have an adidas tracksuit on living in a council property. Vermin[/p][/quote]You are displaying the same stupid prejudice as the cat killer. On my estate that is now less than 50% council owned most of those arrested for breaking the law live in private rented accommodation, as the ex chair of the Resident's Association I know of only one who was a council tenant.[/p][/quote]Privately rented but paid for by the council so surely the same thing.[/p][/quote]Actually not paid for by the council so please try to get your facts right. Most though because of the excessive rents charged by private landlords will, even if working, be claiming GOVERNMENT housing benefit.[/p][/quote]No I think your find housing benefit is paid for by your local council so get your facts right. If you don't believe me go on the gov website.[/p][/quote]Using government money for council homes. Inform Al
  • Score: -2

8:46pm Fri 9 May 14

Block 42 says...

but the pathetic british jusrice system will let them off...do gooders in England..god bless the usa..would get a massive sentance here
but the pathetic british jusrice system will let them off...do gooders in England..god bless the usa..would get a massive sentance here Block 42
  • Score: 3

5:41am Sat 10 May 14

country bird says...

Cowards. They should get a prison sentence.
Deliberately wounding or killing any animal for sport/fun, is appalling.
Air rifles should be banned.
These people are not educated and are scum.
Cowards. They should get a prison sentence. Deliberately wounding or killing any animal for sport/fun, is appalling. Air rifles should be banned. These people are not educated and are scum. country bird
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Sat 10 May 14

Reality-man says...

daveprotools wrote:
This knob jockey, when he's caught, should be made to reimburse each owner the price of the cat, however many years they've owned it worth of food and the vets bill for them to learn that their pet had died from a pellet wound.

Then he can go to jail.
How do we know it was a man?
[quote][p][bold]daveprotools[/bold] wrote: This knob jockey, when he's caught, should be made to reimburse each owner the price of the cat, however many years they've owned it worth of food and the vets bill for them to learn that their pet had died from a pellet wound. Then he can go to jail.[/p][/quote]How do we know it was a man? Reality-man
  • Score: 0

2:35pm Sat 10 May 14

Inform Al says...

Reality-man wrote:
daveprotools wrote:
This knob jockey, when he's caught, should be made to reimburse each owner the price of the cat, however many years they've owned it worth of food and the vets bill for them to learn that their pet had died from a pellet wound.

Then he can go to jail.
How do we know it was a man?
A rat of whatever sex
[quote][p][bold]Reality-man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]daveprotools[/bold] wrote: This knob jockey, when he's caught, should be made to reimburse each owner the price of the cat, however many years they've owned it worth of food and the vets bill for them to learn that their pet had died from a pellet wound. Then he can go to jail.[/p][/quote]How do we know it was a man?[/p][/quote]A rat of whatever sex Inform Al
  • Score: 0

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