Police are investigating the shooting of a cat at North Manly.

Shortly before 6.00pm Friday evening (26 May), a man brought a stray cat to Allambie Vet at Allambie Heights. The man said he found the cat in his backyard at Sterland Avenue, North Manly. He was seeking assistance for the male feline, which had a head injury and was exhibiting unusual behaviour.

Allambie Vet Dr Brian Mills said veterinary staff took the animal in for examination, and were shocked to find the cat had been shot in the head (main image and below).

Brian Mills

Brian Mills

“We noticed that it was clearly showing neurological problems. It was still walking, but it was walking in circles, and it wasn’t as aware of its surroundings. The decision was to take an X-ray straightaway.

“With strays, our philosophy is they get everything thrown at them. If the client comes back and says they wouldn’t ever spend that money, that’s fine, but we will do everything that needs to be done.

“Within minutes of coming in, he was taken through for X-rays, and that showed the bullet in the brain and fragments of bone that had followed the bullet through.

“The prognosis for that cat was pretty much zero, it was going to have really serious brain injuries and it wasn’t fair to keep him alive. So a decision was made by a number of the vets and senior staff members, that euthanasia was the thing that had to be done,” said Dr Mills.

Police investigate cat shooting

Dr Mills said the wound on the cat’s head did not initially seem serious enough to indicate a bullet wound (image below).

“It just had a small wound on its head, and staff were thinking that might be from a cat scratch, a cat fight, or possibly even a tick. They thought it was a small, superficial injury.

“They weren’t expecting anything like that [a bullet wound]. When they saw it, everybody was really shocked, because it’s a clear case of animal cruelty.

“The first thing that springs to mind is, who on earth could do this sort of thing? We do see pets and wildlife that have been shot with slug guns from time to time.

“The cat appears to have been shot at fairly close distance. I don’t think it’s going to be one of these old feral cats that was stirring up problems. This was a young cat, that was probably owned by somebody, but we don’t know for sure.

“Somebody’s shot it, and having done that, left the poor thing to die,” said Dr Mills.

Police investigate cat shooting

Having taken the clinical decision to euthanise the cat, Dr Mills said the police were called to report the incident. A spokesperson for NSW Police confirmed that officers attached to Northern Beaches Police Area Command have commenced an investigation, and have called for public assistance to help them with their inquiries.

The male cat was not microchipped, so its owner is currently unknown. It had distinct markings (image below) and anyone who may recognise it, or have other information about the incident, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police investigate cat shooting

Images: Allambie Vet

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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