Family disturbed by killing of cat

Sisters Milly (left) and Amy Fernando, at home with Bungle, whose sister Pansy died this week, after being shot. Photo by Linda Robertson
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 sister, Pansy.

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 veterinarian.

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
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 the area.

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 Arthur St.

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.

hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

Killing of pets

It's no secret that those who hurt, or kill, pets will progress to doing the same to human beings, so the sooner the culprits are found and jailed (yes, jailed, not given a wet bus ticket sentence) then the safer our entire community will be.

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