Cat shot 16 times with pellet gun

Durham Humane Society officials released this X-ray of the wounded cat. (HO)

Durham Humane Society officials released this X-ray of the wounded cat. (HO)

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:52 PM ET

TORONTO — Durham Humane Society officials say a cat has been shot 16 times with a pellet gun in a “horrific” case of animal abuse.

Executive director Barbara Steinhoff said a male cat — given the name “Matty” — was found with a badly broken leg on March 14 in the Thornton and Champlain area of Oshawa, Ont.

X-Rays revealed that in addition to the leg injury, the animal had been shot repeatedly with a pellet gun.

“It’s absolutely horrific,” Steinhoff said Tuesday. “Any time we see an animal injured intentionally it breaks our hearts.”

Steinhoff said veterinarians believe Matty’s prognosis is good, but he may lose his leg. He’s in stable condition and on pain medication.

“The break that he does have is quite severe,” she said. “The vets are making a determination as to the best course of action to treat that break with surgery.”

Steinhoff said vets may also elect to leave the pellets inside his body. Removing them may cause him more harm than good, she said.

Meanwhile, Durham SPCA has launched an investigation. Officer Debby Houghton said tips have already come into their office.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and it never ceases to amaze me,” she said. “But this is the first cat I’ve seen that has been shot 16 times. We obviously are looking for any information leading to charges being laid.”


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