Sisters Milly (left) and Amy Fernando, at home with Bungle,
whose sister Pansy died this week, after being shot. Photo
by Linda Robertson
The death of a tabby cat - shot multiple times near its
central Dunedin home - has appalled its owners.
Seventeen-year old Bungle sits on the couch seemingly
oblivious to the incident which claimed the life of her
On Saturday night the Fernando family noticed swelling on the
side of Pansy, who never wandered far from her Elm Row home.
The much-loved family pet, who came with the family from the
United Kingdom eight years ago, was later taken to a
The cat was shaved and the vet noticed more than a dozen
holes, possibly caused by a pellet gun, around her body.
Pansy the cat
One of the pellets had pierced her stomach and, despite
intravenous antibiotics, she died on Tuesday.
''I can't believe someone would do this ... the whole thing
is disturbing,'' Amy Fernando said.
The family were now concerned about their pets and others in
Last year the Otago Daily Times reported CCTV footage showed
a man brutally smashing a stolen pet rabbit against a wall
before tossing its lifeless body over a fence in nearby
Miss Fernando had laid a complaint with police and the SPCA
and hoped the ''sick culprits'' would be found.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Dunedin police.