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Cat shot with air gun reunited with owner after going missing for almost a year

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 31 October 2017

Ollie and the X-ray showing the pellet.

Ollie and the X-ray showing the pellet.

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A cat was injured in Portishead after being shot in the back by an air gun – but detective work by some vets has ensured she has been returned to her loving owner, 10 months after she went missing.

Ollie recovering. Picture: Vale Vets Ollie recovering. Picture: Vale Vets

Clare Bowyer’s cat Ollie, a British shorthair, disappeared from her home in Clevedon 10 months ago.

She was found by Portishead Pets At Home staff on October 22 unable to walk and suffering from flystrike as she was not able to clean herself.

It was first thought she had been hit by a car, and she was taken to Vale Vets Animal Hospital, in Beach Road West, also in Portishead. An X-ray revealed she had in fact been shot with an air gun, and the pellet had lodged itself by her spine, which meant she was struggling to walk.

Katie Bull, from Vale Vets, said: “Vale Vets posted a picture of Ollie on their Facebook page hoping to track down the owners, and it was shared by more than 400 people and seen by more than 30,000. Vale Vets staff did some detective work using the out-of-date microchip details and were delighted when they tracked down her owners, who had actually lost Ollie 10 months ago.”

Ollie's X-ray showing the pellet. Picture: Vale Vets Animal Hospital Ollie's X-ray showing the pellet. Picture: Vale Vets Animal Hospital

Owner Clare, who lives in Clevedon, first got Ollie when the cat was just 10 weeks old.

She was worried when her family first received a card to call the vets as she thought something had happened to her other cat, Tequila.

Clare, aged 27, said: “I cried when I spoke to them. I was so shocked. Ollie has been home since Thursday, and has been giving us lots of cuddles. She is so loving and always wants affection. She hasn’t changed.”

Despite her relief to have four-year-old Ollie home and on the road to recovery, Clare said she is angry about the shooting.

Ollie was missing for 10 months. Ollie was missing for 10 months.

She said: “I’m really angry and don’t understand why someone would do that.

“She can move the top part of her leg now, but she still struggles moving the bottom part. It might take about a month more for her to recover, but she is a lot more mobile. Apart from the injury, is looks like she has been looked after, wherever she’s been.”

Clare said Ollie is happy to be home and reunited with Tequila, who Clare has owned for six years.

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