#8220;Our 24-hour cruelty hotline receives hundreds of calls every year reporting airgun attacks on animals. Last year, we received 890 calls and this year looks set to top that and, worryingly, reach a five-year high.#8221;
Six of these were in the six months up to June.
The vet gave them the shocking news that the one year-old pet had been hit with an air rifle pellet, which had punctured his skin and caused substantial internal bleeding.
Kathy Evans heard the news from her husband who had found Pike in their driveway in Cow Lane and assumed she has been run over or was in a fight.