A GOOSEBERRY Hill mum says she fears for her children’s safety after the family’s cat was shot last week.
Cherie Martignoli assumed her two-year-old cat Coco had been in a car accident when she collapsed on the family’s back porch.
But it was only once Coco was X-rayed that it was revealed she had been shot.
“The bullet pellet has entered through the chest and hit her humerus, like our upper arm bone, and broken it in three places,” vet Dr Tim Oldfield said.
It’s believed Coco was shot with an air rifle which shattered her front leg and narrowly missed her spine.
“She didn’t move, she just lay there,” Mrs Martignoli said.
“I knew straight away something was wrong.
“Someone’s fired a weapon in our suburb and I find that really distressing.
“There are lots of children in our area.”
The vet was able to put a pin in to hold Coco’s leg together, while the gun pellet is still lodged near her spine.
Dr Oldfield said Coco is ready to go home but says she will have a long recovery.
The RSPCA says the shooting is likely to be an isolated incident, but violent attacks against animals are on the rise in WA.