A stray cat is recovering after an horrific airgun attack left him blinded, with multiple pellets embedded in his body and skull.
X-ray images of two-year-old Billy show numerous pellets peppered throughout his body – at least four in his head – after he was subjected to a vicious attack while living on the streets.
The black-and-white puss is now recovering at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, after he was discovered close to death in nearby Lingfield six weeks ago. Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre veterinary officer Nathalie Dowgray said it was a miracle Billy had survived with such appalling wounds.
She said: “When Billy was found he had very serious injuries - to his head in particular - and as a result he is totally blind in one eye and may only be able to see shadows with the other.
“He was severely dehydrated and wouldn’t have survived for more than a day or two if he wasn’t treated straight away.
“He had so many puncture wounds it was at first assumed he had been attacked by another animal, but when we looked at his X-rays we could see his whole body and head were literally peppered with airgun pellets.
“We can see four quite clearly embedded into his skull. It is remarkable he survived the attack and he must have been in agony for a number of days before he was found and taken to a vet.
“The vet who treated him initially removed one or two pellets from his neck but the others are so deeply embedded, particularly those in his skull, that it is not possible to operate and remove them.
“Despite everything he has been through Billy is a lovely, friendly cat. Understandably, he is very nervous of anyone trying to touch his head but with plenty of TLC he should gain confidence. Because he has such limited vision he will need to be an indoor cat but other than that he will be able to lead a happy, normal life.”
Nathalie said anyone with information about how Billy sustained the injuries should contact the RSPCA: “This was a disgusting and inexcusable act of mindless cruelty inflicted on a defenceless animal.
“No creature deserves to be put through the agony that Billy went through during and after this attack.
“I have no idea why someone would want to do this but the sad fact is someone may have thought it was fun to take an airgun and fire shots at a cat who is unable to defend itself.
“I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the RSPCA as we need to make sure no other pet or animal goes through what poor Billy has.”