Cat killed in random attack

PUBLISHED: 15:36 02 July 2015

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is investigating the shooting of Oscar the cat.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary is investigating the shooting of Oscar the cat.


A cat was shot and killed near Portishead marina, leaving its traumatised owner begging for people to come forward with information about what happened

A police investigation is under way after the attack on Oscar, a one-year-old fluffy ginger tom cat.

Janette Graham told the Times her family received a call from Vale Vets at about 8.50am on June 24, with professionals initially thinking the cat had been attacked by a dog.

However once she took Oscar to Watkins & Tasker in Portishead, she was told the incident was much more serious.

Ms Graham said: “They did an x-ray and Oscar had what looked like a bullet splintered his spine.”

She drove Oscar to Langford Veterinary Services for further examination.

Ms Graham said: “There they did a fully body scan and found the bullet in his spinal cord and said there was a one per cent chance he would make it.

“They decided to operate and see if any of the spinal cord was damaged and whether there was a chance of him being able to live but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.”

She had seen Oscar when leaving for work earlier in the morning so believes the shooting occurred shortly before he was found.

Ms Graham said: “He was absolutely beautiful.

“Originally my reaction was one of disbelief. I thought he would be fine (because it was initially believed to be a dog attack) but I just remember seeing him laying in the carrier.

“I don’t think I have stopped crying.

“It’s probably the most traumatic thing I have ever experienced. We have another cat and I can’t let it out of my sight because I’m terrified.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 and quote reference code 67363/15.

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