Fears that air gun used to shoot pets on Buckie streets

Cat shot with air gun on Linn Avenue
Cat shot with air gun on Linn Avenue

BUCKIE CAT OWNERS are being warned to take extra care over their pets after several suffered “unexplained injuries” in the town.

Moray Cats Protection posted an appeal for information on their social media page this week after hearing from cat owner Nicky Chafer, whose pet cat ‘Blue’ was shot by an air gun on Linn Avenue in the town on Monday.

Another local woman reported a cat being shot on Cliff Terrace earlier in August. In both cases the pets had to undergo treatment with Ms Chafer’s cat having to receive emergency treatment at a Keith veterinary surgery.

Moray Cats Protection said: “We really want people to spread the word and find out who is doing this, it has to stop. Whoever it is they will have family and friends and I bet some of them have cats and dogs – if you know who it is think of what it would be like if it was your pet.”

Nicky Chafer explained that ‘Blue’, who she describes as a “gentle giant”, had to undergo two operations to remove a lead pellet. She said: “Hopefully we will get him back later today but any information at all in finding the person who did this would be greatly appreciated.”

Local police are investigating the incidents with PC Steve Borzoni saying: “We are keen to speak to anyone who may have information on these incidents or any cat owners whose pet has had an unexplained injury in the last couple of months.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.