Sandy Cronje of Croydon said her five-year-old son found the injured cat, Casper, on October 27, curled up on his bed when they got home, Kempton Express reported.
“Casper was shot at close range around midday. We rushed him to the vet, assuming he had been in a fight with another animal,” she said.
“We were horrified to learn from the vet that the injury was in fact from a pellet gun. The pellet left shatters in his skull and ended up at his spine. As far as I am aware, it is still a crime to fire a pellet gun in a suburban area, not to mention that it is a crime to intentionally harm or kill an animal.
“We have no proof who was responsible, although we have a lead. I will be opening a case of animal cruelty with the police but I was hoping to get a message out there so people will think twice about this kind of cruelty.”
In August, a dog suffered third-degree burns at a dog-grooming parlour in Centurion, in Gauteng, after it was allegedly dipped in boiling water.
Nanda Redmond, the owner of Keno, a Border Collie, said a pet-grooming company in Centurion came to fetch Keno in the morning for his regular grooming.
The parlour took the dog to the Bakenkop veterinary clinic in Centurion, just near Hendrik Verwoerd. Redmond said she received a call from the veterinary clinic’s management, saying the dog actually had more extensive and serious injuries.
“I can only assume that my Keno had been dunked in a basin of boiling water without someone first checking the water,” Redmond said.
Redmond added the parlour finally agreed to settle all medical bills for Keno’s wellbeing. The dog received a morphine injection and was put on a drip for rehydration. He was also unable to eat until Monday morning.
– Caxton News Service