Disabled woman left without 'only companion' as thugs shoot cat

Salisbury Journal: Janet Bailey with a picture of her beloved rescue cat Miley Janet Bailey with a picture of her beloved rescue cat Miley

A DISABLED woman says she has lost her only companion after her cat was shot and killed outside her house by heartless thugs.

Janet Bailey’s six-year-old rescue cat Miley was found in Pullman Drive on Thursday by neighbour Darren Kidd while Mrs Bailey was at Wilton Riding for the Disabled.

Mr Kidd took the animal to The Pet Practice at Churchfields Industrial Estate.

He thought the cat had been hit by a car, but the vet X-rayed her and found she had been shot by an air rifle.

Miss Bailey has been left devastated by the mindless killing of her beloved pet.

“I know some people think a cat’s just a cat but she was my only companion,” she said. “I can’t understand the mentality of someone who would hurt a defenceless animal.

“And there are children round here as well. What if one of them had found her or if they got hurt?”

Mr Kidd said: “There are obviously some really stupid, brainless people living nearby who seem to think shooting cats is funny.

“Thanks to their stupidity, they have left a poor disabled lady with a dead cat. This was the only bit of company she had and it wasn’t nice having to break the news to her when I got back from the vet’s.

“I hope the idiot who did this gets caught before they do it to someone else.”

The vet reported the incident to Wiltshire Police and the RSPCA. A police spokesman said: “This incident is completely unacceptable and we will be looking into it.”

Anyone with information can contact Salisbury neighbourhood policing team on 101.

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7:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

DowntonDAN says...

Sadly we share this earth with some nasty individuals.
Sadly we share this earth with some nasty individuals. DowntonDAN
  • Score: 5

9:45am Thu 13 Mar 14

Jennifer Williams says...

Utterly vile people - if the people who did this are your family or friends, report them them before they do something again and again and maybe possibly worse although I do not know what could be worse for this poor woman.
Utterly vile people - if the people who did this are your family or friends, report them them before they do something again and again and maybe possibly worse although I do not know what could be worse for this poor woman. Jennifer Williams
  • Score: 7

4:08pm Thu 13 Mar 14

gingin says...

Scum bags!!!
Scum bags!!! gingin
  • Score: 5

12:08pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Grampie says...

It is right that the moron who carried out this act is vilified, but are these sort of people any different from those who chase foxes with dogs, or shoot and maim game birds all in the name of fun?

Is cruelty to animals OK if it is legal?
It is right that the moron who carried out this act is vilified, but are these sort of people any different from those who chase foxes with dogs, or shoot and maim game birds all in the name of fun? Is cruelty to animals OK if it is legal? Grampie
  • Score: -6

4:21pm Fri 14 Mar 14

DebMallett says...

Yes, Grampie, they are totally different, as in this case, it is not just the animal that has lost its life,but its owner has been left broken hearted. You cannot compare these issues.
Yes, Grampie, they are totally different, as in this case, it is not just the animal that has lost its life,but its owner has been left broken hearted. You cannot compare these issues. DebMallett
  • Score: 9

7:31pm Fri 14 Mar 14

AuraTodd says...

Janet is a kind hearted woman and loved her cat. I hope they catch these bastards before they start shooting children. If you know who they are, shop them!
Janet is a kind hearted woman and loved her cat. I hope they catch these bastards before they start shooting children. If you know who they are, shop them! AuraTodd
  • Score: 6

7:45pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Grampie says...

DebMallett wrote:
Yes, Grampie, they are totally different, as in this case, it is not just the animal that has lost its life,but its owner has been left broken hearted. You cannot compare these issues.
It was a cruel act on the animal and cruel to its owner.

Animal cruelty is wrong even if it is a pet or a wild animal.
Just because a creature is not a pet it cannot be right to chase foxes with dogs or to wound birds by shooting and call it sport.

I fully understand the need to control vermin, but dressing up and making jolly of the death of something that is minding its own business and harming nobody is an act of cruelty.
[quote][p][bold]DebMallett[/bold] wrote: Yes, Grampie, they are totally different, as in this case, it is not just the animal that has lost its life,but its owner has been left broken hearted. You cannot compare these issues.[/p][/quote]It was a cruel act on the animal and cruel to its owner. Animal cruelty is wrong even if it is a pet or a wild animal. Just because a creature is not a pet it cannot be right to chase foxes with dogs or to wound birds by shooting and call it sport. I fully understand the need to control vermin, but dressing up and making jolly of the death of something that is minding its own business and harming nobody is an act of cruelty. Grampie
  • Score: -2

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