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Ipswich: Eight-month-old kitten Flash killed by airgun pellet – family left heartbroken

19:00 03 April 2014

Tracey Augood

Tracey Augood's cat Flash as a kitten

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The person who shot a kitten which then had to be put down has been called “sick in the head” by the pet’s devastated owner.

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An x-ray of Flash the cat, who had to be put down after being shot with an air rifle. The air gun pellet can be seen on the right side of his body in front of the hind legs.An x-ray of Flash the cat, who had to be put down after being shot with an air rifle. The air gun pellet can be seen on the right side of his body in front of the hind legs.

Heartbroken Tracey Augood told how she sobbed while cradling eight-month-old Flash in her arms moments before a vet put him to sleep.

“I just sobbed at the vets,” she said. “I couldn’t hold it back.”

And now the mother-of-four wants justice served on her beloved cat’s attacker.

Mrs Augood first realised something was wrong when Flash arrived at her home in Ruskin Road this morning struggling to breathe and walk.

“We heard him meowing and went to investigate,” she said. “We thought something was stuck in his throat.

“We couldn’t see anything but when I took my hand away it was covered in blood.”

The 46-year-old rushed Flash to the Highcliff Veterinary Practice in Cliff Lane where an X-ray showed an air gun pellet lodged inside him.

It entered the ginger and white kitten just in front of his left hind leg and almost passed completely through his body.

With the vet believing the pellet would have damaged Flash’s organs their only choice was to put him down.

An emotional Mrs Augood said: “He was very much a home cat, he loved his home comforts.

“He was so friendly, just such an affectionate cat.”

A police spokesman said they had been told of the crime and would be investigating.

And Mrs Augood knows exactly how she wants the shooter dealt with.

“I want them found, named and shamed,” she said. “I want them to pay all the vet bills.

“They’re sick in the head. I’m so hurt and livid, he was like one of my children.

“Why would anyone hurt a loved pet? You don’t do that sort of thing to an animal.

“It makes me worried about all my cats and all the other cats in the area.

“We’re going to bury him in the garden. He’s just going to be so missed.”

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17 comments

  • I agree with waspie's comment "When and IF this cretin is caught they should be birched on the town hall steps." BUT am puzzled why my comment on another article stating that the thugs should receive corporal punishment was rejected TWICE! perhaps because your moderator does not understand the word "corporal".

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Only a total nutcase would shoot a kitten. This person should be caught soon as he or she obviously has no conscience and this could lead to much worse in the future.

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    royg

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • It is awful that Flash was killed and the police need to find the person responsible. If it was intentional, that is sick and it would be a serious crime. Even if this was accidental, people should not be shooting airguns in a residential area with pets and wildlife around. These guns should not be legal and its about time the government introduced some controls over them.

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    IpswichMan

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • This is so sad : ( Poor, sweet kitten. The owner is right and I, too, hope this horrible shooter is brought to justice.

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    MagieGdansk .

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • How sad, there really are some sick people around. What could they possibly get out of it?

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • This is sad, shooting a cat is wrong on all levels. I know sometimes cats can upset neighbours with there 'doings' but this is not the way to deal with the issue, just a squirt with a hose would do. Hope the culprit is caught and brought to justice.

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    Lee Davies

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • A very sad story. I hope the police catch the person responsible for this. People should not be firing airguns in a town like Ipswich.

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    IpswichMan

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • This is so sad : ( Poor, sweet kitten. The owner is right and I, too, hope this horrible shooter is brought to justice.

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    MagieGdansk .

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Perhaps the animal-loving citizens of Ipswich and district will offer a reward of £100 for information leading to the conviction of the criminal who shot the cat. I will chip in £30 to start it off.

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    Johnthebap

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • beerlover are you retarded?

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    ricardo roadnight

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • This is so sad : ( Poor, sweet kitten. The owner is right and I, too, hope this horrible shooter is brought to justice.

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    MagieGdansk .

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • One name for the person that injured the kitten is scum Waste of space on earth .

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    Violet Adlam

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • This is so sad : ( Poor, sweet kitten. The owner is right and I, too, hope this horrible shooter is brought to justice.

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    MagieGdansk .

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • When and IF this cretin is caught they should be birched on the town hall steps.

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    waspie

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • Nothing wrong with shooting air weapons - just not at cats. We dont need more of a nanny state thank you very much.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, April 4, 2014

  • A very sad story. I hope the police catch the person responsible for this. People should not be firing airguns in a town like Ipswich.

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    IpswichMan

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • May I offer hugs from someone who also had her cat shot by an air rifle two years ago-I hope they catch whoever did it! Mine survived but she carries a pin in her leg which they shattered-hugs from Ruth and Harley (my cat)

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    Ruth FL

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

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