Cat shot in Orpington

Strawberry the tabby cat.

Strawberry the tabby cat.

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A FAMILY is unsure whether they can continue living in the area after their 10-month-old cat was shot near their Orpington home.

Tabby Strawberry was shot on January 4 between three and five in the afternoon.

John Whitney, 36, who lives with his wife, Fiona, in Petten Grove, said: "She came in and my wife said she didn't seem right and she was limping and hobbling about.

"When I got home she seemed to have developed a bit of a cough, a sort of rasping, so we took her to the vet.

"The vet thought she must have been involved in some sort of traffic accident, but when he looked he found a pellet inside her.

"I am just disgusted.

"We've only just moved to Orpington and we thought it was a nice, leafy residential area, but now my wife is of the opinion that we should consider moving."

News Shopper:

Strawberry with Fiona Whitney.

Strawberry survived the ordeal, but Mr Whitney says he and his wife are now terrified of letting her leave the house.

A police spokesman said: "There is absolutely no justification for this type of nasty, vicious and inhumane behaviour. 

We will have no hesitation in bringing anyone responsible before the Courts. 

"Anyone with any information should contact Bromley police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."

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12:53pm Tue 14 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

The savages, cut backs I guess.
The savages, cut backs I guess. white rabbit9
  • Score: -5

1:28pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Wiff180 says...

Horrible thing to do to any animal, I'd like to think the police would catch the idiot that did this.
Horrible thing to do to any animal, I'd like to think the police would catch the idiot that did this. Wiff180
  • Score: 19

6:25pm Tue 14 Jan 14

mouthalmighty says...

Its still a nice leafy residential area, but morons have to live somewhere . They are everywhere ; in places you've never dreamt of.
Its still a nice leafy residential area, but morons have to live somewhere . They are everywhere ; in places you've never dreamt of. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 8

10:12pm Tue 14 Jan 14

catmantoo says...

Hope she's ok. What scumbags.
Hope she's ok. What scumbags. catmantoo
  • Score: 11

5:39am Wed 15 Jan 14

Stop_Whining says...

They say a cat has nine lives anyway, no 'arm done.
They say a cat has nine lives anyway, no 'arm done. Stop_Whining
  • Score: -19

9:33am Wed 15 Jan 14

Barra boy says...

Is there a new take away joint just opened up in the area recently?
Is there a new take away joint just opened up in the area recently? Barra boy
  • Score: -4

9:34am Wed 15 Jan 14

Barra boy says...

Anyone know where bow is in this area? ive been looking fer bromley by bow? ahhh!
Anyone know where bow is in this area? ive been looking fer bromley by bow? ahhh! Barra boy
  • Score: -1

7:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mouthalmighty says...

With u talkin' about barra boy?
With u talkin' about barra boy? mouthalmighty
  • Score: 0

10:33am Thu 16 Jan 14

kentlad says...

just a matter of time until they move on from cats to people!!!
just a matter of time until they move on from cats to people!!! kentlad
  • Score: 2

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