A woman who discovered her beloved cat dead outside her home has described the shocking moment she found out it had been shot in the abdomen.
Disabled Vivienne Johnson, from Shard End in Birmingham, went to check her post at around 3pm on March 19 when she saw her pet cat Bluebell near the front gate.
As Vivienne got closer, she realised her cat’s body had been propped up and she was in fact lifeless.
She immediately took Bluebell, who had been a rescue cat, into her home and called the vet, who sent someone out to collect her.
The veterinary clinic did a checkover on the animal and to their horror, discovered Vivienne’s pet had been "shot in the abdomen."
Ms Johnson told Birmingham Live: "I went to check my post and I saw her lying up against my gate.
"In my opinion she had been placed there. She was lifeless. I looked at her and realised she was dead.
"I took her into my house and called the vets as I wanted to know what had happened to my cat. The vet's sent someone out to collect her for me."
She added that the vet said the gun used was likely to have been a rifle and urged distraught Vivienne to call the police.
Sadly, this isn't the first time Ms Johnson's cats have been attacked, but fortunately the other animal survived.
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Vivienne said Bluebell was like "family" to her and she brought "comfort" and "love" to her.
The cat's death has left the 60-year-old, who is disabled and needs oxygen, "heartbroken."
She said: "She was a rescue cat and I had brought her back to health last year," she said.
"She was my family, she was a comfort and we brought love to each other. I'm heartbroken. I can't believe how evil people can be."
West Midlands Police are aware of the incident and asking anyone with information to contact them.
In a statement, the force said: "We were called after a cat was shot dead and left outside the owner's address in Hawcroft Grove, Shard End, last Friday (19 March)."
Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat, or by calling 101, and quote 20BE/82380F/21. Alternatively, ring the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
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