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Downham Market family is 'floored' by cruel cat killing and want to warn others



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Vets have confirmed to an owner that a pet cat in West Norfolk has died after being shot with a pellet from an air rifle.

The incident, which has been reported to police, happened on Friday evening in Downham, close to the train station.

Waffle the cat, who was owned by Vivienne Keys, was a unique character who joined Ms Keys’ daughter Helena when walking the dog.

The family is “floored” by the loss.

Helena Keys and aunt Hilda Carke (47008674)
Helena Keys and aunt Hilda Carke (47008674)

Hilda Clarke, Ms Keys’ sister, spoke to the Lynn News about the devastating impact the incident has had on her sister.

She said: “We want to raise awareness about this. My niece was out walking the dog and the cat would follow, I’ve never known a cat like it, he was such a character. They heard a pop and the cat scurried under a bush. Later when Waffle didn’t come home they went back to look and found he had been shot. The vet confirmed via autopsy that the cat was killed by an air rifle pellet.

Mrs Keys said: “Helena has been through many challenges in her life and has relied on her love of cats to get her through.

Waffle in the arms of Viv (47008670)
Waffle in the arms of Viv (47008670)

“We are floored by the loss. I’m not sure Helena will ever adjust to seeing one of her cats shot like that and then finding his body.

“Police say that without a witness or anyone coming forward to confirm he owns a weapon there is probable nothing we will be able to do. I just wish someone would come forward.

“The house next door to him has a kitten in the window and it is a family area with lots of dogs and children, it’s a real concern.

Viv Keys (47008680)
Viv Keys (47008680)

“We’re very upset about Waffle, although it was on someone’s property it was an open area - it could have hurt a child, my daughter, the fear is that what is to stop it happening to a person.

“The police have promised us they will do their best, but there’s no footage of it happening.

“I feel shocked that someone could do that kind of thing and it appears that nothing will happen as a result. Downham is such a nice place, we should be able to walk our animals or take our children out without worrying about it.”

Beloved Cat Waffle, who was fatally shot by an air rifle (46959366)
Beloved Cat Waffle, who was fatally shot by an air rifle (46959366)

The RSPCA has been informed by Ms Keys.



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