Eight lives left for family cat
A THREE-year-old cat that was shot in the head with a rifle is making a miraculous recovery.
The russian blue named Smokey was severely injured by an unknown shooter at a Pearce Dr home in Coffs Harbour last Wednesday.
After discovering the cat "within an inch of her life", the owners rushed Smokey to a nearby vet who diagnosed the cat with injuries consistent with a dog attack.
The cat's owner Simon Johnson said an x-ray scan revealed Smokey had been shot in the head with a .22 calibre rifle.
Simon said the incident had shocked the family and they were calling on the person responsible to come forward.
"Knowing that someone has been on our property with a firearm is the biggest concern for us right now," he said.
"We are extremely scared - for not only the safety of our family cat, but also afraid for the children."
The cat was released from veterinary hospital on Sunday and will continue to have ongoing treatment.
Until the cat makes a full recovery, she is being given food, medication and water through a tube in the side of her neck.
The family, who is now facing excessive veterinarian bills, is desperate to find out who was responsible.
"This has come at a very large and emotional shock to us. Our cat just stays around the house and is extremely affectionate to all those who meet her. We just don't understand it," Simon said.
"This is a neighbourhood with kids everywhere. It's something you don't expect to happen here."
Investigations are continuing by Coffs Harbour police, and the RSPCA has been informed of the matter.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.