Cat shot by pellet gun in Horsham

Lola needed surgery after the attack

Lola needed surgery after the attack

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A cat is ‘lucky’ to be alive after being shot in the leg with a pellet gun in Horsham, according to the RSPCA.

Two-year-old Lola, a long-haired silver tortoiseshell, returned to her home in Gorringes Brook with an injury to her front right leg on Monday (April 27).

Lola returned home with pellet injuries on Monday morning

Lola returned home with pellet injuries on Monday morning

She was taken to a vet who found a new pellet in the elbow, and an old one in her left shoulder.

Lola had surgery on her elbow today (Tuesday May 5), which was shot off by the pellet, and had to be completely rebuilt.

RSPCA inspector Jodie Gregg said: “Poor Lola would have been in an immense amount of pain from this horrible attack.

“Unfortunately this kind of thing more common than we would like - cats, like wildlife, are more vulnerable to such attacks simply because they are out there in the open, unprotected.

“The injuries which result can be horrific - and often fatal. Lola was actually one of the lucky ones.”

Anyone with information can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.