A heartbroken pet owner is appealing for information after her beloved cat lost an eye after being struck by a lead ball.
Carol Cassidy, 68, of Willingdon Way, St Leonards, said Fergie, a seven-and-a-half-year-old black and white moggie, had to have her right eye removed by the vet following the incident, which happened on Friday, December 19.
She said: “When Fergie came back home she had the most horrendous injury to one of her eyes. It looked like something out of a horror film.
“I rushed her to the emergency vet at around 8.30pm who informed me, after examination, that her eye was so badly damaged it would have to be removed. After a stay overnight she was transferred to another branch of the vet to be operated on the next day.
“When I phoned to ask about collecting her afterwards, the vet informed me he had removed a metal pellet which I asked to keep as evidence. He believed it had been fired from a catapult.
“Fergie is making progress, but became so frightened that she hid herself away in my bedroom nearly all day. She now goes out again, climbs trees and plays outside as she always did. She is a very, very brave little cat.
“I love her dearly and have had a great deal of pleasure out of owning her. My heart was broken when I saw the terrible injury she had suffered.”
The total cost for the vet, including an overnight stay and the operation cost Mrs Cassidy £700 in total.
She said: “The police have been notified and I hope they will find whoever inflicted this terrible injury on her.”
Any witness or anyone with information about the incident is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sussex Police on 101.