Kitten survives shooting
Wednesday 1 August
Raystede is currently looking after a kitten that was brought in with airgun bullets lodged in her skull.
The kitten, which is about 6 weeks old, had been found by a member of the public near The Broyle, Ringmer. He thought she was one of a number of feral cats living in the area.
She was very vocal and following the person around. He felt he couldn’t leave her there to fend for herself as there was no sign of her mother.
On arrival at Raystede, it wasn’t apparent that she had been shot as the bullets were so deeply embedded that they were not visible.
Due to her young age she was fostered by a member of Raystede staff. The bullets became noticeable after a few days, probably because the body was rejecting them.
Tia, as she was named, was immediately taken to the local vets. Initially it was thought there was only one bullet but on x-raying, it became apparent that there wasn’t one but two bullets – one on top of the other!
The vet managed to successfully remove both bullets. Luckily, because of her young age, her skull was still soft, which meant there was no actual damage to the bone.
Chief Executive, Nigel Mason, said, “This is wanton cruelty and torture! It is appalling moronic behaviour by complete cowards. I appeal to anyone who knows who did this to come forward and do the right thing by giving either ourselves or the Police information so that a prosecution can be sought.”
He continued, “This is yet another example of the pressure Raystede is currently under to help animals in need. The veterinary and care cost to help Tia alone will be several hundred pounds. We desperately need the generous support of the public to enable us to continue to help many more animals in need.”
Tia is on the road to recovery from her horrific ordeal, although she has a hole on the top of her head where the bullets have been removed. Given time, this should fully heal over.
Tia will be rehomed once she is a little older, when Raystede will be seeking a lovely new permanent home, where she can be loved and cared for – she is a very affectionate little girl, who, in spite of this terrible experience, offers much love and affection.
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