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Police in Swadlincote appeal for information as two cats lose eyes in seperate attacks.

Posted on 9th April 2018
Injured Swad cats

Our officers from the policing Safer Neighbourhood team in the Swadlincote area are appealing for information after two cats have lost eyes in separate attacks. 

The first incident was reported last month on the evening of Tuesday, March 6 in the Winchester Drive area of Midway. 

Poppy, the black and white cat pictured, was found having apparently been hit in the left eye with what appeared to have been a ball bearing fired from a catapult. 

Then last Sunday, April 1, Hamish, the ginger cat pictured, was found by its owners in Church Gresley having also been hit in the left eye, this time with a pellet apparently fired from an air weapon. 

Both cats lost their eyes as a result of the attacks. 

The incidents are being investigated by PCSO John Beard, who said: “Both attacks are particularly nasty, would have caused considerable pain for the cats and it is obviously upsetting for the owners. 

“The injuries needed treatment by vets who were not able to save their eyes and in fact in Hamish’s case vets were not able to remove the pellet. 

“These are family pets that have been made to suffer for no good reason and both owners have had expensive vet bills to pay for the required treatment. 

“If anyone knows anything about either attack I would ask that they make contact with me.” 

If you have any information about this incident please contact John on 101, quoting reference number 18000105184. 

Alternatively, send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website HERE. 

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