A cat nearly lost its back leg after being shot with an air gun while wandering in South Shore.
Two-yar-old tortoise shell Jeanie returned to her Albany Avenue home last Wednesday in agonising pain and a bullet hole in her thigh.
Her owner, Kirsty Elwell, 36, took her to the Veterinary Health Centre on Greenways, Lytham, where she was diagnosed with a broken leg.
Kirsty said: “We thought she might have been fighting with another cat, but they immediately said no, that’s a bullet hole.
“They found a pellet in her leg with the a shattered bone and they thought they might have to amputate her leg.”
Jeanie was taken to a specialist vet in St Helen’s, where she had surgery to rebuild her leg with metal plates.
Kirsty said: “I think it was either kids playing with pellet guns or perhaps an adult who doesn’t like cats going into their garden. Apparently it’s quite common, which does upset me.
“It was really serious - she nearly lost her leg. The operation cost nearly £4,000.
“I feel absolutely gutted and worried about letting her out again.
“I’m worried about the other cats in the area as well. I want to raise awareness for people to watch out and be wary if their animals come home with an injury.”