Pet owner’s fury as cat is blinded

Anger: Brenda Cox and her cat Jasper who lost an eye after being attacked.''                            PICTURES: GLENN ASHLEY.

Anger: Brenda Cox and her cat Jasper who lost an eye after being attacked.'' PICTURES: GLENN ASHLEY.

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AN ANIMAL lover whose cat lost an eye in a deliberate attack is appealing for information to find the culprit behind the ‘sheer act of cruelty’.

Brenda Cox’s two-year-old black cat Jasper had to have his left eye removed after she found him badly injured in the early hours.

Brenda, aged 57, believes Jasper must have been violently attacked before struggling back to her home in Westfield, Sheffield.

She said: “He was hit right in the eye - it’s damaged his eye and blinded him.

“Someone must have done it deliberately - there are no other injuries on him so he wasn’t hit by a car or anything. I’m very upset about it.”

Brenda said she was out of the house for about eight hours having hospital tests and returned to find Jasper was not at home.

She said: “I thought he had just wandered off. I kept calling him, and at 5am I saw he was back in his basket.”

She then noticed his eye was bleeding and some of his claws were missing.

Brenda, who works as an education consultant, said: “Obviously someone has cornered him and grabbed him. It is a sheer act of cruelty. I don’t know how anybody could do it to an animal.”

Police are unable to investigate as cats are classed as semi-wild animals and are therefore not covered by legislation.

n Anyone with information about the incident last month should call Brenda on 07798 674837 or the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.

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