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Police seeking cat shooter

Pet cat Miss Lucy had surgery after being found with a gunshot wound. Police are seeking more information. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Police are seeking information after a pet cat was shot and injured in Masterton on Sunday night.

The owners of Miss Lucy, a ginger Cornish Rex, called police after she returned home at about 10.10pm with a gunshot wound to her abdomen.

Miss Lucy was taken to Vet Services in Masterton to have the wound treated.

X-rays found multiple bullet fragments in both her front and rear legs.

Vets took her into surgery on Monday morning, but bullet fragments remained and she would take weeks to recover.

“She’s not out of the woods yet but she’s recovering as well as could be expected at this stage,” said Nicola Haglund, Vet Services practice manager.

Haglund said anyone who found an injured animal should contact a vet.

“We’ll normally keep bullet fragments, things like that, depending on what sort of weapon has been used.

“We’ll keep evidence, photos of the wound, x-rays, things like that which we can then pass on to police to give them as much information as possible.”

She said vet clinics were open for emergency situations 24 hours a day.

Anyone who found injured pets should wrap the animal up in a towel or blanket before picking them up to support the whole body.

People should use a cage to take animals to the vets, if one is available.

Anyone with information should contact Wairarapa Police on 06 370 0300, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or 105.

Refer to file number 191216/7601.


  1. Perhaps a clue to the general area in Masterton where this occurred would help to identify the offender, rural ? urban ? “Masterton” covers a significent area but not much help if someone heard a shot or saw a slug gun but has no clue where this incident occurred.

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