An 80-year-old pensioner has been left heartbroken after her cat was shot in the face.
Norma Lawton thought her four-year-old moggy Daisy Doo had been run over when she was found covered in blood.
The OAP, from Gillow Heath, said it was unusual that Daisy hadn’t come in for her food.
Her carer discovered the little black cat in the stables with ‘blood pouring out of her’.
Norma said: “We think she was shot on Thursday afternoon and we found her Friday morning. My carer Chrissy found her and we rushed her to Charter vets.
“I had kept shouting her, but she hadn’t come in. I couldn’t tell what had happened to her as I’m partially sighted.”
The vets called Norma later that evening to say Daisy was comfortable and stable, but had been shot in the face at close range.
The cat will have to have an operation on Wednesday to remove the rest of the lead fragments that have shattered in her skull.
Norma added: “They need to operate so that the lead doesn’t give her blood poisoning. I just keep crying and crying because she is such a little sweetheart and is so trusting. She’s my little baby – all of my animals are.”
The animal lover also owns two dogs and five ponies. One of her dogs, Henry, was put to sleep a few weeks ago due to illness and old age.
She said: “I was only just getting over Henry dying and then this happened to Daisy. I always tell her ‘Daisy Doo, I do love you!’
“She’s very quiet at the moment as she is being kept on crate rest and is on a lot of pain killers.
“She was a rescue cat and I’m giving her lots of cuddles and TLC. I won’t be letting her out of the house once she’s better. I’ll keep her as a house cat, because I’d never forgive myself if she got killed. It has really knocked me off my feet.”
Norma has been unable to comprehend how someone could so cruelly put a gun to the pet’s head.
She added: “I don’t understand how someone could shoot an innocent cat. I don’t know why they’ve done it. I’m just so glad she’s alive because my animals have been keeping me company.”
The incident happened just days after another cat was shot at close range in North Staffordshire.
John Mason, from Red Street, had to rush his two-year-old tabby Oscar to the vets with one eye hanging out of his socket after being discovered injured. Mercifully, they were able to save the cat.