Miracle cat survives after ‘sick people’ shot him with 25 pellets

CAT Norman, an 18-month-old Maine Coon, was left in a critical condition after being shot with 25 lead pellets.

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When Norman’s owners found him in a deathly state, they rushed him to the vets and were outraged when an x-ray found 25 lead bullets lodged deep within him.His owner, Josie Simpson, 22, said that 18-month-old Norman had gone outside early on Saturday morning and did not return until around 27 hours later on the Sunday.
She told YorkshireLive: “We found him on the stairs. We don’t know how he managed to drag himself home.

“He was unable to walk properly and couldn’t move his tail, crying out whenever we touched him.”

Initially, Norman’s owners thought he had been hit by a car but did not think for one second that someone would have shot the poor pet.READ MORELoved up swans reunited in adorable video

Norman the Maine Coon

Norman the cat was shot with 25 pellets. (Image: Josie Simpson)

Norman the cat x-ray

Norman's owners were outraged when they discovered what happened to him. (Image: Josie Simpson)The family live in the Craven district of North Yorkshire and have since informed the police and the RSPCA. They hope to spread awareness of the “sick minded” people who may be shooting cats in the area.

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Ms Simpson continued: “The vet said it was the worst thing she had seen in her career.

“My dad thinks it was a double barrel shotgun because of how many pellets there were. There was so many of them and they were all over his body. He is lucky to be alive."

The pellets found inside Norman

The pellets were lodged deep inside Norman's body. (Image: Josie Simpson)Norman had to stay at the vets until Monday so they could monitor his condition. They were unable to remove seven of the pellets because they were lodged so deep within him. They also chose to leave a number of the pellets in his tail as removing them could cause further nerve damage.

Ms Simpson said: “The shock didn’t properly set in until we saw him the next day with his hair shaved off and all his wounds.”

The family now have to decide whether to have the pellets removed or have Norman’s tail amputated.


Norman is lucky to be alive. (Image: Josie Simpson)

Ms Simpson added: “He went back on Wednesday for a check-up and his bandage. The vet was happy with his progress and they are waiting now to see if he recovers.

"We need to weigh up the risk of leaving the rest of the lead in his body or the damage a further operation could cause him."

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After the incident, Norman has been sombre, distressed and restless. His owners are absolutely heartbroken.

Ms Simpson said: “I want to warn everyone there are some really sick minded people about clearly finding entertainment from shooting innocent animals.

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Norman's wounds

The family didn't realise the extent of the damage until Norman returned with his fur shaved. (Image: Josie Simpson)

"It's worrying that they could do that to someone else's pet. He's not a fox and he's not very threatening so we are confused as to who would have shot him."

Norman’s claws were worn which leads the family to think he was trapped somewhere and trying to escape.

The family have since discovered that three other cats in the area went missing in the last six months. Ms Simpson concluded: "Those three other cats could have been stolen but now there's a possibility there is someone out there and he or she are willing to use a gun on a defenceless animal."

Additional reporting by Charles Gray.