Air gun thug probe after third cat shot

Tasha-Jade Willis with her cat Teddy.'Teddy was found  bloody and hobbling after being shot with an air rifle.
Tasha-Jade Willis with her cat Teddy.'Teddy was found bloody and hobbling after being shot with an air rifle.
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An animal lover today told how she fears for her cat’s life every time it leaves the house after her pet was shot with an air rifle – in the same area two others were targeted.

Emma Willis, of Exchange Street, Blackpool, believes her cat, Teddy, was shot by the same gunman who fatally injured one-year-old cat, Balotelli, round the corner in an alleyway on Cocker Street, last Wednesday.

The Gazette reported last week how Balotelli had to be put down after being blasted by a thug with an air rifle.

Teddy, a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat, was a present for Mrs Willis’ daughter, Tasha-Jade, 16.

The shooting incident means three cats have been shot in the central Blackpool area in the last two weeks.

The family discovered 
Teddy covered in blood with an air gun pellet lodged in his shoulder the morning after he was shot on June 22.

Tasha-Jade said: “It’s made me angry and upset and I want these people caught so my cat can finally be safe.

“I’m scared of him going out and it happening again because it could be worse and he could be killed.”

Mrs Willis, 30, said: “The pellet is designed to go through the body but luckily my cat’s shoulder blade stopped it in its tracks.

“It’s getting ridiculous because every time he goes out a part of my heart goes with him.

“He has to go out because he is an outdoor cat and someone doing this is just not on.”

Teddy underwent emergency surgery to remove the pellet and is now recovering at home.

Mrs Willis added: “My daughter’s been hysterical because Teddy is her baby and seeing him injured was horrible.

“I don’t know what she would’ve done if he had died and I’m so grateful his shoulder stopped the pellet.”