Family’s anguish over shot cats

Robert Warner, Ruby Warner 8 and Roo the surviving cat
Robert Warner, Ruby Warner 8 and Roo the surviving cat

A mother-of-three whose cats were shot causing one to die has branded whoever responsible as “pure evil”.

Lisa Jackson, of St John’s Avenue, had been burgled just three weeks prior to the shooting of her beloved cats Roo and Tigger.

She said: “They were my children’s pets – Roo managed to pull through but Tigger died.

“At five o’clock I got a phone call asking me if I have a cat called Tigger. I asked if she was OK but the man told me she had died.

“I left my children at my neighbours and took a towel with me to collect her. She was just laid out, but I couldn’t see any marks on her. I wasn’t sure what had happened to her.

“I took her home and began calling for my other cat Roo, but didn’t hear anything. I tried calling for him again at half seven but still didn’t hear anything so I went looking for her.

“I got to the corner shop where I met the young lads who had found Tigger earlier. I told them I was looking for my other cat now and described him. They said they had seen a cat like him stumbling around.

“Further up the road I heard him crying from a bush in a lady’s garden and tried calling for him to come out. I thought maybe he wasn’t coming out because he was distraught from whatever had killed Tigger.

“I knocked on the lady’s door but she wasn’t in so I went I got Roo. When I got him home he was in shock and couldn’t stand up - there was blood on him.

“I took him to the vets in Driffield who x-rayed him and told me he had been shot and there was a bullet in him. He has also broken his jaw and hurt his tail while trying to get away from whatever he thought was causing him the pain.

“I couldn’t believe it. They said Tigger died because he had probably been shot as well.

“I think it’s disgusting. It’s a pathetic thing to do and it takes a sick type of person to do it. It’s not something any normal sort of person would do. It happened very close to the school, so what if the pellet had hit a child? That’s what I tried telling the police. My children don’t go to Bridlington School but I would care if they did.”

Lisa decided not to tell her children how the cat died because they are too young. Instead she told them Tigger had been killed by a car to because it would teach them to be careful on the roads.

“My two-year-old is obsessed with animals dying now. They’re too young to know that there is pure evil out there.”

The ordeal comes just three weeks after Lisa’s house was burgled and her children’s money boxes stolen.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Humberside Police are investigating following report of two cats being shot with pellets in the St Johns Avenue area of Bridlington between 2.30 pm and 8.00 pm on Sunday 0 February 2015.

“It was reported that one of the cats died following the incident, while the other required treatment at a local vets.

“The local Neighbourhood Policing Team have conducted localised door to door enquiries.

“Anyone with information about the incident or information about who may be responsible should contact Humberside Police on 101 quoting crime reference number 2096234.”

Since the incident police officers have distributed leaflets to residents on St John’s Avenue, letting them know of the incident and advising that cats be kept indoors.

On Tuesday Humberside Police were called to St John’s Avenue on Tuesday after a member of the public had reported hearing air rifle fire.

The incident was not related to any wrongdoing and a spokesperson for the force said: “Officers spoke to the occupants at an address in the area and are content that the air riffle was being used appropriately.”