Cat shot in Wymondham costs family over £1500 in vet bills

The pellet was just was just one millimetre from Rory's main artery.

The pellet was just was just one millimetre from Rory's main artery. - Credit: Archant

Vet bills have now reached over £1500 for the treatment of a family cat which was shot in Wymondham.

Rory the cat was shot in Wymondham on Thursday afternoon.

Rory the cat was shot in Wymondham on Thursday afternoon. - Credit: Archant

The cat, called Rory, was shot in the back near Bellrope Close, Wymondham, at the end of January. The pellet missed his main artery by a matter of millimetres.

Rory has since undergone a series of treatments with his latest x-ray showing that pellet has hit a wing on his vertebrae.

His owner, Richard Alderton, said that the vet bills have already exceeded the insurance limit and he and his partner, Abbi Saunt, may have to pay for more treatment for Rory.

'We are now in £1,048 in debt with the vet after our insurance, which covered £500, was paid out,' he said. 'There may be more trips to the vets though as the bullet fragment has begun to break away and has hit part of Rory's spine.'

Police have closed their investigation into the case as there was no information to take it further, but the RSPCA have now been informed of the incident and are looking into it.

Mr Alderton believes that whoever shot Rory intended to hurt him and that the person does not understand the consequences it has had on Rory and his twin sister called Tiger.

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'Every time Rory returns from the vets it is very stressful as his sister does not recognise him because of the various drugs in his system and tries to attack him thinking it is another cat on his turf,' he said. 'This normally takes a couple of days before it gets back to normal.'

Mr Alderton and his partner are now campaigning for a change in air rifle legislation nationally after what happened to their beloved pet.

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