A YOUNG Fishtoft family has been left devastated after their pet cat was shot in the face and had to be put down.
Six-year old Kenzi’s beloved tabby Jasper was found with horrific injuries believed to have been caused by a shotgun pellet.
The family said the youngster was ‘absolutely heartbroken’ to be told her cat had died.
“She screamed and screamed, it’s just awful,” said mum Jade Burrell, who also has a two-year-old daughter Jerzie.
“It must have happened very close by as he wouldn’t have made it back in that state if he had ventured far.”
A police spokesperson said Marshlands vets, of Boston, which treated the four-year-old cat, believe he was shot with a shotgun at close range.
Jade added: “It’s worrying, as I really don’t want this to happen again to other peoples’ pets.”
Dad Paul Burrell described how he found Jasper in his garden in Saddlers Way on the morning of July 27, coming out of a bush ‘covered in blood’.
“I knew straight away he had been attacked,” he said.
“My eldest daughter is absolutely mortified and I’ve now got a huge vets’ bill. All that because somebody was having a bit of fun. Who goes around shooting family pets?”
Pc Craig Robinson from Boston Police told The Standard: “This incident is the worst case of animal cruelty I have dealt with and, while extensive enquiries have been made, we have not yet been able to identify who is responsible. I am appealing to the community to pass on any information they may have to help us find the offender.”
l If you have any information about the shooting contact Pc Robinson by dialling 101.