Teen snipers kill cat
The attack, which police have condemned as appalling and shocking, took place shortly before a group of teenagers were reported driving around the village with an air rifle.
Residents alerted police to the incident after spotting one youngster hanging out of the vehicle and opening fire through the car sunroof.
Police are now appealing for information to find the heartless thugs who shot the cat, named Baz, sometime between 4pm and 7pm on Friday.
PC Jay Dorman, who patrols in Mevagissey, said: “I’m really appalled by the shooting of this cat and shocked to think there could be youths driving around with an air rifle shooting at animals and property.
“We believe it is linked to a group of teenagers in a car. One was out of the sunroof with an air rifle driving around the area in the early hours of Friday morning.
“I’m looking for any witnesses to come forward with any information.”
Baz’s owner, Nicola Curwen, who lives on Church Street, said the cat had returned home at 7pm panting in distress and bleeding from his hind leg.
She said: “We took him to the vets the next morning and the poor little chap was in a lot of pain.
“We then had a call telling us he had been shot and under x-ray they could see the pellet embedded in him. It had shattered his left hind leg. They said they could try amputating it, but it was very severely shattered.
“He was around 11 or 12 years old so we decided that he probably wouldn’t adjust very well to hobbling around our cottage with a leg missing, so we had to put him to sleep.
“We are still in shock. Who would do this? It has upset all of us, especially my younger son who was very pally with Baz.
“No one should be put through this. I cannot believe that someone would do this to him. He had such a lovely temperament and has never been a hissy, scratching, fighting cat.
“It’s very worrying. It could have been a little child in a pushchair who was hit at that time.
“We wouldn’t have had to put him down if they hadn’t have put us in this position, if he hadn’t been shot and his back leg shattered.”
Mrs Curwen said she had been around the village notifying pet owners about Baz and warning them to keep an eye out.
Anyone with information about this incident should contact St Austell Police Station on 101 quoting crime reference number GA/12/661.