Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Pets And Wildlife Being Shot

Yesterday (Tuesday 14th May) police received a report from a resident of Stoneleigh Avenue, Worcester Park that her cat had been shot by someone with an air gun. The previous day (Mon 13th) she had let her grey and white tabby cat ‘Willow’ out at 3pm only to find her injured outside her patio doors less than two hours later. A local vet found an air pellet embedded near Willow’s eye. Willow is apparently recovering but still needs extensive treatment.

This is unfortunately not an isolated incident in the borough. On Thursday 25th April, two dead and one injured crow were found in Beddington Park. Staff at the Riverside Animal Centre nearby, who were called to the birds found that all three had been shot with an air pistol or rifle. The injured crow is recovering after treatment at the centre.

Also last week, a fox cub was found to have been shot with a pellet. The cub was recovered alive from a garden in Carshalton. The Riverside Animal Centre x-rayed the cub and found a pellet near its spine, which had been restricting movement to its legs. The cub had to be put to sleep.

PC Heath Keogh, of Sutton Police station, said: “It seems that a person is using an air weapon and using local wildlife and domestic pets as target practice. If you have any information that could help us, please call. We need to catch the person responsible.” If you are under 17-years-old, you are not allowed to possess an air weapon at any time. If you have an air weapon or anything that looks like a gun in public without a reasonable excuse, then you are probably committing an offence and will be arrested. This would include ball bearing (BB) guns.”

If you have any information about these incidents or believe you know who is responsible, contact Sutton Police station on 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Update 24th May:
The Stoneleigh Avenue resident who owns Willow is Sarah Spencer. The good news is that vets think the vision in her eye has been saved.

There is now a report on the Sutton Guardian website: