Pet cat shot and badly injured - anyone know the law around this?

#1
Cat has been shot with a 22 hunting rifle causing significant damage to its front right shoulder and chest.

The person who I believe did it is temporarily looking after a shooting syndicates ground at the back of the house. The cat does wander, but is known to the syndicate members and organiser. It also has a large, fluorescent yellow collar to show its a domestic pet, not one of the barn cats from the farm.

Whilst I fully appreciate cats can take small birds etc, I am concerned that the person in question is shooting close to the house (and road) and may even being firing into our garden. I think, after seeing the damage to the cat, it is unlikely is would have been able to move any great distance after being shot.

Just wondering the legal implications in view of the use of a firearm in this instance.

Cheers
 
#2
I think... that if it was shot on your land you've got him bang to rights. So to speak. Likewise if it was within 50 feet (?) of a public highway.
But if it was on his land he's got the right to shoot trespassing animals - otherwise farmers wouldn't be allowed to shoot pigeons, foxes and other vermin nor dogs worrying sheep.
And cats hunt birds, my uncle had to shoot a cat that kept coming after pheasant chicks. He didn't like it but it had to be done.
 
#3
Protected under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Animal Welfare Act 2006

You will have difficulty proving it unless he admits it.

You’d be better off shoving his gun up his arse where it belongs.
 

skid2

LE
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#9
Cat has been shot with a 22 hunting rifle causing significant damage to its front right shoulder and chest.

The person who I believe did it is temporarily looking after a shooting syndicates ground at the back of the house. The cat does wander, but is known to the syndicate members and organiser. It also has a large, fluorescent yellow collar to show its a domestic pet, not one of the barn cats from the farm.

Whilst I fully appreciate cats can take small birds etc, I am concerned that the person in question is shooting close to the house (and road) and may even being firing into our garden. I think, after seeing the damage to the cat, it is unlikely is would have been able to move any great distance after being shot.

Just wondering the legal implications in view of the use of a firearm in this instance.

Cheers
Go and raise merry hell. The shooting syndicate won’t like it. Send letters, no green ink. To local paper. Radio station, MP, council. Not emails, they don’t read those.
Letters, nice envelope, wrteen and spelt like a grown up. Nobody gets letters anymore and usually open anything which doesn’t look like a bill.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#11
******* cats are a nightmare in an urban scenario, our keeper has no end of drama with the cats from the big house. When I keepered we disposed of anything caught in the traps in true Mc Cann style. That said the ******* evil things are protected, just not very well.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#13
Ah
You could go nuclear - report him to the RSPCA.
Those bastions of evidence and financial probity. I tried getting them out once. I obviously was marked down as not having made a donation the Nazis with no authority!
 
#15
******* cats are a nightmare in an urban scenario, our keeper has no end of drama with the cats from the big house. When I keepered we disposed of anything caught in the traps in true Mc Cann style. That said the ******* evil things are protected, just not very well.
Your last sentence is priceless.:)
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#17
RSPCA know f*ck all about the places without streetlights.
Apart from the ones where they drop off rescued urban foxes, ahem allegedly!
 

ugly

LE
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#19
I wouldn't put it past them but I actually never believed that, there'll never be a shortage of vermin.
Seen it happen, sat in the field, waited for them to leave then shot loads.
 

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