Devastated family issue urgent warning to pet owners as they put down their cat named Black Beard after she was shot in the face with an air rifle
- Tania Jones found her cat Black Beard with holes on his face, ears and nose
- She said the injuries were so bad that one eye was ‘hanging from his socket’
- Ms Jones and her family were left devastated after euthanising their cat
- She has warned other owners to look out for the safety of their beloved pets
A distraught family who were forced to euthanise their cat after he was shot with an air rifle multiple times have warned owners to keep a close eye on their pets.
Owner Tania Jones found her cat Black Beard – with holes on his face, ears and nose at Flagstaff Hill in Adelaide’s southern suburbs on October 21.
She said her six-year-old feline’s injuries were so bad that one eye was ‘hanging from his socket’ and some gun pellets were stuck in his skull.
‘I’m horrified actually. Really horrified. It’s heartbreaking,’ Ms Jones told 7News.
‘I think it was a deliberate target that they really wanted to do him in.’
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Black Beard (pictured) – also known as BB – was found with holes on his face, ears and nose after being shot multiple times with an air rifle
Ms Jones said BB had gone missing for about a week.
When he returned with facial injuries, she thought he had been in a fight with another cat.
According to police reports, Ms Jones took BB to the vet, who confirmed the cat had been shot several times with an air rifle.
She has warned other pet owners to look out for their pets to prevent the situation from happening again.
‘I just want to make the community aware that someone has performed a really cruel act so it doesn’t happen to anyone else,’ she told The Messenger.
Ms Jones said police have begun an investigation by door-knocking on homes in her street.
South Australia police told Daily Mail Australia no one has been arrested or charged at this stage and investigations are continuing.