#TheList Peter G Shaw, born 19/10/1963, of 27 Dane Bank Road, Northwich CW9 5PL – shot his neighbour’s pet cat with an air rifle injuring her so seriously she had to be put to sleep
Peter Geoffrey Shaw, who runs a company called Shaws Fencing Ltd, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
The court heard how the cat, named Roxy, who belonged to Shaw’s neighbours, suffered after being shot and was subsequently put to sleep after sustaining a perforated bowel from the pellet.
Roxy’s owner, Isobel Cooper, contacted the RSCPA following the incident.
An investigation was then launched by the animal welfare charity.
RSPCA inspector Cara Challinor explained how Roxy had eaten tea in the kitchen and gone outside into the garden on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
She then jumped onto the fence – which was between her own and Shaw’s gardens.
Isobel then heard a bang and ran outside.
Inspector Challinor said: “She saw Roxy had fallen off the fence, she was gasping for breath, her tail was all puffed up and she was crying.
“Isobel looked over the fence into Shaw’s garden and saw him going back inside the house.”
After rushing the beloved pet to the vets, an x-ray revealed that there was a pellet inside her.
Initially the vets thought they would be able to remove the pellet, however Roxy’s condition deteriorated and it was found that the pellet had perforated her bowel.
Sadly Roxy had to be put to sleep.
After the RSPCA and police were called, an airgun was seized from Shaw’s house.
Isobel said: “Roxy was only six. She was very timid and very loving. She stayed in our garden all the time and she loved to walk around the perimeter of the garden guarding it.
“I miss her, it’s been really difficult and the children were really upset. She was a perfectly healthy cat and very loyal.”
18-week custodial sentence suspended for 18 months; 200 hours of unpaid work; ordered to pay £2,347 costs. 10-year-ban on keeping animals.