Kitty loses one of its nine lives to ‘serial cat killer’

2009-06-11 00:00

A YOUNG Merrivale couple nearly lost their pet to a man believed to be a serial cat killer.

Roxanne Angel (23) and Steven Denning (24) arrived home on Monday night last week to find that their cat, a Siamese, was gone.

“I didn’t think much of it at the time. I thought that Kitty would come back soon. Our daughter is sick and we were too preoccupied with her to be able to go looking for the cat,” said Angel.

Denning said that on Tuesday, he received a call from his neighbour that their cat had been shot and that it was at the vet.

“The cat had been shot in the side. The pellet travelled through the kidneys and lodged in the cat’s leg,” said Denning.

Another neighbour said she saw her neighbour shooting the cat with a pellet gun in her yard.

She said that the man balanced his gun on the wall and aimed at the cat from his yard.

She took the injured cat to the vet and reported the matter to the Animal Anti-Cruelty League and to the police.

Denning said the eyewitness told them she has also seen him shooting other cats in her yard and in his yard.

Angel said: “Apparently he shoots any cats around his yard because he claims they eat his chickens.”

A representative of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, Gavin Pretorius, said they visited the man and he confessed to them that he was behind the shootings.

“He said he would keep on shooting cats if they are near his yard.”

On Friday last week, the cat had surgery to remove 15 cm of its intestine, which the pellet went through.

The vet said he is hopeful the cat will make a full recovery.

Angel said: “My 11-month-old daughter was sick. We will not be able to afford the R8 600 vet bill as well.”

Denning said they will seek legal action if the man does not pay the bill.

Police confirmed that they received a report in connection with a cat being shot with a pellet gun.

However, no case has yet been opened.

Police spokesman Superinten­dent Henry Budhram said the police visited the man, but he was not available to speak to them.

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