Second cat shot with an airgun in Eyemouth

Grant Tennant (10) pleased to have Bob the cat back home in Eyemouth after the pet cat was shot by a pellet gun
Grant Tennant (10) pleased to have Bob the cat back home in Eyemouth after the pet cat was shot by a pellet gun

A second kitten has been injured in Eyemouth with what again appears to have been a pellet from an air gun rifle.

Gill Tennant arrived home last week to find her seven month old ginger kitten Bob with an injury to his face.

“He’s quite an adventurous little cat,” said Jill, who lives in the Deanhead area of Eyemouth, close to where another kitten was shot three weeks ago.

“He’s a climber and at first I thought he had just caught himself on a fence. But the wound kept bleeding and we decided to take him to the vet.

“I had previously heard about the other cat being shot but didn’t really think that’s what had happened to Bob until the vet said he thought the injury was from an air gun because of the small hole in the wound.

“The pellet wasn’t there but the hole was. It wasn’t until the vet said that, that I wondered if it was the same individual that shot the other cat. They seem to be going for the face.”

“I didn’t report it to the police but the vet advised us to put it on Facebook and see if we could find out who it was that way.

“However, I haven’t had any information back other than people saying how disgusting it is.”

After being tidied up and given two injections Bob is back home with the family, eating, drinking, climbing and being the little terror he always is - albeit with a swollen face still - and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Bob was certainly luckier than Kasper, the eleven month old kitten who lived with his family on Eyemouth’s Coldingham road. He lost an eye and when the vet operated on Kasper he found an air gun pellet lodged behind it; the eye so badly damaged it had to be removed.

Police Scotland was informed about Kasper’s injury and asked that anyone with information to contact the police on 101.

A nationwide petition calling for either a ban on airguns or for them to be licensed has been launched on petitions24.com by Paul Hughan after his cat was shot and killed by an airgun.