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Family traumatised by cat shooting

Blue, the beloved two-year-old pet was treated for gunshot wounds on Thursday. PHOTOS/SUPPLIED

Funds required for surgery

GIANINA SCHWANECKE
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A young Whareama family has been left so traumatised after their beloved two-year-old cat, Blue, came home on Wednesday morning with a gunshot wound and multiple fractures that they’re considering moving.

Blue managed to drag himself home despite having bullets and shrapnel in his wrist, front leg, shoulder and neck, multiple fractures and soft tissue damage.

He was taken to VetCare Masterton for treatment on Thursday, but funds are still needed to perform the limb-saving surgery and save Blue’s front left paw.

Director and veterinarian Heidi Ward-McGrath described the incident as awful.

“We think he was shot overnight on Wednesday or early Thursday.”

She said Blue still had full sensation in his toes and the nerves were not shattered, meaning reconstruction surgery could go ahead once funds had been raised.

Ward-McGrath estimated from $1300 to $1500 would be needed for the surgery and was appealing to members of the community.

Described as a “super friendly, cuddly, soft white and grey cat”, she said it would be impossible to mistake Blue for a feral feline.

“This cat looks nothing like a feral cat. He hasn’t got a mean bone in his body.

“He’s not very old. He’s a baby.”

She said it was not the first time she had dealt with this type of cruelty.

“Unfortunately, I deal with shot cats fairly regularly in Wairarapa. At least two to three times a year I’m doing quite major limb reconstruction surgery.”

Ward-McGrath said it was important to raise the funds quickly as there was a risk of infection.

“We’ve got lots of bits of shrapnel, we’re a bit concerned. My focus is on trying to rectify the human cruelty that has been perpetrated.

“He’s going to be well under my wing until we can release him back to his family.”

The incident had been reported to police and the SPCA.

Donations can be made via the Vetcare Facebook page.

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