Cat escapes death by a whisker after being shot in eye with pellet gun
A cat could lose an eye after thugs shot her in the head with a pellet gun.
Judy is lucky to be alive after the horrific attack in Antrim.
The four-year-old feline is thought to have been shot in the left eye, with the pellet lodging in her head.
She has since undergone surgery and is expected to make a good recovery.
Her owner John Bolton said Judy was fortunate not to have been more seriously injured.
"She is lucky to be alive," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"How anyone can be cruel to a defenceless animal is beyond me."
The cat was shot in the Beechfields area of the town.
The incident is thought to have occurred some time between 7pm and 11.45pm last Wednesday, July 9, however details have only just been released.
"My wife noticed blood on the back yard and she thought the cat had hurt her paw," Mr Bolton added.
"When the wee cat came in she had blood pouring out of her eye.
"It was almost midnight but we rang the vet who agreed to meet us.
"He examined the cat and kept her overnight.
"The next day he rang and said the cat had been shot."
X-rays show the bullet embedded deep into the cat's head.
She has since returned home and is said to be recovering well.
"She's fine, she is eating well and running about," added Mr Bolton.
"It's likely she will lose the sight in that eye, but it could have been a lot worse.
"She has to go back on Friday for a check-up, but she has been very lucky."
Mr Bolton said Judy had been with his family since she was a kitten.
He has appealed for information on the shooting.
"It is an awful situation that people would use a firearm of any description in a built-up area," he added.
"The cat's also completely defenceless – I don't know why anyone would want to hurt her."
A PSNI spokesman said: "Police are appealing to anyone who was in the Beechfields area and who may have seen any suspicious activity or anyone who has any information which may assist them with their enquiries to contact officers in Antrim on the non-emergency number 101."
Other animal cruelty cases
May 2014: A blind dog was thrown down a concrete hole and left for dead in the Waterside area of Londonderry.
February 2014: A horse was starved to death and dumped by the roadside near Darkley in south Armagh.
July 2013: An abandoned Rottweiler was left for dead down an eight-foot manhole in west Belfast for three days in the scorching summer heat.
June 2013: Greyhound Norman had its ears cut off before being dumped at Ballycraigy Road in Newtownabbey.
September 2012: A pet collie dog Cody was doused with flammable liquid by thugs and set alight in Maghaberry. The poor animal was later put to sleep.