A CAT was shot in the head by a thug wielding a pellet gun, prompting its owner to warn other animal lovers to be vigilant.
Jodie Lee, 28, is furious with the person who shot her seven month old moggy called Spartacus on November 7.
She discovered the injury after the cat returned home and she saw blood in his right eye.
Miss Lee, of Prospect Street, Cleckheaton, rushed her cat to a vets in Brighouse, who performed an x-ray.
“The vet rang to confirm it was a pellet which had been shot at him,” Miss Lee said.
“It showed it narrowly missed his brain and it travelled around his head.
“He was shot from above and the pellet actually went around his skull to his right eye.”
Miss Lee now faces an anxious wait to see if Spartacus has suffered long-term damage to his eye, while vets say it could take more than a month to know for sure. He could lose his right eye.
“The vet said this was becoming a common occurrence in West Yorkshire,” Miss Lee added. “My friend’s cat was shot about eight months ago as well.”
“I put some posters up near my house and someone rang to say the same thing happened to them too.
“I wouldn’t dare let my cats play out now because someone thinks it’s funny to shoot animals.
“The police are investigating and I’m grateful for the Spen police, especially PC Clyde Sinclair, who has been brilliant.
“Since reporting this to the police, I’ve seen more patrols around my street.
“I just want to tell animal lovers to keep an eye on their pets, so this doesn’t happen again.”
l Anyone with information can contact police on the new non-emergency number 101 or Spen police on 01924 206357.