Pet cat loses eye after sickening airgun-attack

DEFACED -- MJ the two-year-old cat after the operation to remove his eye. Owner Sophie Greaves  says he would have bled to death had she not happened to be at home at the time -- DISPIC NHUD11-2926-1
DEFACED -- MJ the two-year-old cat after the operation to remove his eye. Owner Sophie Greaves says he would have bled to death had she not happened to be at home at the time -- DISPIC NHUD11-2926-1
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A SICKENING attack with an airgun has left a much-loved Hucknall cat with just one eye — and its owner “mentally scarred”.

MJ, who is named after the late king of pop, Michael Jackson, was shot on Tuesday November 1 in the area surrounding his home on Lime Tree Road, Welbeck Estate.

The pet went out after his breakfast and came back in at 9.30 am with blood pouring from a gaping wound. He was rushed to the Vets4Pets surgery in Bulwell where an emergency operation forced vets to remove his left eye.

Owner Sophie Greaves (26), who is married to Gary (30), said: “As soon as I saw his face, I freaked.

“If I hadn’t been working at home, he would have probably gone back outside and bled to death.

“I can’t believe this has happened. He is pretty laid-back and is now wandering around as if nothing happened. But it has affected me.”

Sophie got in touch with the Dispatch to make other pet-owners aware of the attack and to warn them to be on their guard.

MJ, who is two-and-a-half years old, was taken in by Sophie with his brother, Sox, after their previous owners were prepared to drown them because they didn’t want them.

Sox was knocked down and killed seven months ago in a car accident. Sophie and Gary also have two other pet cats, Flossy and Ozzy, and and a dog named Pandora.

The pellet from the airgun is still lodged in MJ’s skull but he is making a good recovery. The attack has been reported to the RSPCA and an inspector has been out to interview Sophie. The police have also been alerted.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “This is a very sorry attack. Anyone who knows anything about anyone using air weapons to shoot animals should alert us. It is a terrible offence against a defenceless pet and wholly wrong.

“This is animal cruelty and anyone suspected of this will be arrested.”

Anyone with information on the attack on MJ should ring the police on the new non-emergency number of 101.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111 .