A distraught Margate mum has to find up to £4,000 for surgery by vets after a callous thug shot her young son’s two-year-old cat.
Jodie Gower says she is dreading telling nine-year-old Elliott that pet Oreo will have to be put to sleep and so has launched a fundraiser to try and gather the costs for the cat to undergo surgery at Briar House vets.
Jodie says she let Oreo out from her Brockley Road home on Sunday while she was cooking dinner but by Tuesday he still had not returned.
The 33-year-old said: “On Tuesday morning I said to my partner about him not being home yet but sometimes he does goes off for a couple of days on his jollies.
“But on Tuesday at about 5.30pm I was at my brother’s having dinner and my mum called to say there was a post on New Thanet Chat about a cat found in an alleyway by Grotto Road who looked like he had been run over and couldn’t move his legs.
“He had been taken to Thanet Vets and it was Oreo. The vets said they thought he had been run over and had given him pain relief.
“Today we took him to our vets (Briar House) and they did an X ray. They showed us the X ray and Oreo has a bullet in his spine. He has been shot.”
The Briar House vet has told Jodie that an operation to remove the bullet can be carried out although Oreo would still be classed as disabled. Currently his bladder is hugely swollen as he is unable to urinate so the vet has inserted a catheter. An operation is not guaranteed to work but the only other option is to have Oreo put to sleep.
Jodie said: “We need to get together between £3-4,000 for the surgery which is a lot of money or we have to have him put to sleep.
“This must have happened on Sunday and he was in that alley by himself for two days. He is my son’s cat and Elliott absolutely adores him. Oreo sleeps on his pillow every night. I can’t imagine how I will tell him if Oreo has to be put down. That’s why we are trying so hard to raise the money. Elliott know he is poorly and said this morning that he felt sick.
“I do not know how someone could be so evil to shoot a cat. He is the loveliest cat. If I manage to get him home he isn’t going out again and I’ll even move house because I don’t want to live somewhere where people think it is ok to shoot a cat.”
Oreo is currently at Briar House vets. The shooting has been reported to Kent Police.
A police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was contacted at 12.15pm on Wednesday 22 February 2023 following a report a cat had been found with injuries in the Brockley Road area of Margate.
“Initial enquiries are under way to determine how the cat came by the injuries and whether any criminal offences have been committed.”
nobody ever mentions the wildlife that cats slaughter just for the fun of it .
Give it a rest
Yes actually, people do often mention the wildlife that cats slaughter. Your comment is a red herring, or what is sometimes called whataboutery. There’s some lunatic running round with an air rifle & a family is devastated.
How do you know they’re having fun, do you understand cat language?
You can’t be being serious real world? If so you need to put on a watch list
If your worried about birds you should at least be pleased that cats catch sparrows and keep their population control. Are you aware that sparrows are nasty little s***s, destroy other birds nests, and kill their young and adult birds sometimes.
In an urban area cats would act as vermin control by taking rats and mice. Regarding birds, according to the RSPB cats have no effect on bird populations as they tend to catch weak and sickly birds.
The British Trust for Ornithology estimates that 30 million birds die each year after striking windows.
If you really care about protecting wildlife mght I suggest that you remove all the windows from your house?
Oh no you’re one of those.
There are some evil people in this world and to whoever has done this to poor little darling Oreo I hope something terrible happens to you! I hope and pray that the money can be raised and that my small donation goes some way to help this poor little cat.
I own a cat too and would be totally devestated if something happened to her. I wish you every luck in the world in her recovery.
Sorry to hear about your pet, but as for donating to fundraising, no, sorry, you have the responsibility to look after your pet, and as a responsible owner your pet insurance should cover any costs you have.
Why take put insurance when you cant set up a just giving page for everything these days!
What’s wrong with some nasty people making cruel comments. If you can’t say something nice, then don’t comment.
It’s called freedom of speech.
According to your rules – you should not be allowed to criticise others for their views – that is not nice either.
Nothing wrong with freedom of speech, the nasty comments are not. IMO.
Which are the “nasty comments”?
You dont like people pointing out that it’s getting beyond the joke now with the amount of social media begging going on through Just Giving nowadays!
Dont people take responsibility for their lives or do we all cancel things to rely on others tho pay for us?!.
You get a pet… get insurance
You get a car … get insurance
You live in a house… get insurance
You want to make life a little easier for your family… get insurance.
These days its… fvck insurance has others will pay for us!