Heartbreak as family cat, Pepsi, gets put down after air rifle shooting

Heartbreak as family cat gets put down after air gun shooting

Pepsi, a female Turkish Angora, was found outside on the lawn after being shot by an air rifle in November last year

Pepsi, a female Turkish Angora, was found outside on the lawn after being shot by an air rifle in November last year

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A family from Kings Langley have had to make the "devastating" decision to put their pet cat down after it was shot by an air rifle and left seriously paralysed.

Pepsi, a female Turkish Angora, was found outside on the lawn by her owners after being shot at close range by an air rifle in Roman Gardens in November last year.

She was left seriously paralysed from the waist down because of serious spinal injuries and could no longer walk.

Her owners, the Beeton family, made the decision to put her down just before the New Year because they could no longer stand to see her suffering.

Alan Beeton said: "It hasn’t been a great start to the new year. Nothing was changing and Pepsi’s situation just seemed to be deteriorating.

"She couldn’t understand why she wasn’t able to walk properly and kept trying to go out into the garden and jump up on the fence like she always used to.

"Her bladder movement wasn’t improving and we were constantly toileting her around the clock."

The 34-year-old said he and his wife, Liz, made the difficult decision to put their cat down when they asked their pet's vet for advice.

He said: "We asked our vet to be honest with us and he said we had done really well to keep Pepsi alive but the situation wasn’t going to get any better.

"That was the decision made. We had tried our best to give Pepsi every chance but the quality of life she was living wasn’t a life.

"It was a difficult decision and the whole family is devastated."

The couple also have two children, Alex, 11 and Jasmine, 8 who have been left upset by the whole situation.

Pepsi, who was one and half years old, is now buried in Mrs Beeton’s parents' back garden.

He said: "I buried her in Liz’s parents back garden along with all the other family pets that have passed. She is now in a better place."

After Pepsi’s death, the family remains keen to find out who committed the crime.

Mr Beeton added: "Our neighbours have been left scared by the whole situation and now refuse to let their cats go out at night.

"I still can’t comprehend why someone would do this. The person that did this shouldn’t get away with it."

Pepsi is thought to have been shot at close range sometime between Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25 last year.

Members of the public with information can contact PC Herring via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number C2/12/2619 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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10:47pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Nature Advocate says...

Someone please explain to me why it is PERFECTLY HUMANE for a cat-owner to let their cat roam free to inevitably be ran over by a car, attacked by other cats or animals, lap up antifreeze it finds in a gutter, or rat-poison under someone's steps, freeze or bake to death, or contracts any of the many deadly diseases parasites and infections that cats pass to one another.

But it is NOT okay when someone shoots their cats? You people are pointing the finger in the wrong direction. The person who got their cat shot were the cat's OWNERS. This is 100% THEIR FAULT.

Perhaps cat-owners should learn the distinction between being a responsible pet-owner and a criminally irresponsible one. If not, too bad. The rest of the world is not their pet's baby-sitter. A highly destructive INVASIVE-SPECIES pet at that. That's THEIR job to keep them from harm lest they be held criminally responsible for animal-abandonment, animal-abuse, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, animal-cruelty, and all invasive-species laws on earth.

Let them explain to their child why their criminally irresponsible behavior and values got their cat killed by road-kill, environmental poisons, died a slow death from an animal attack, or was trapped and drowned, or shot by someone who is more respectful and responsible about their natural environment than the criminally irresponsible cat-owner. Maybe in that lesson of explaining the death of their cat to their child that the parent too will grow up into a socially responsible, respectable, and respectful human as well one day. Though I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that to ever happen.

Someone needs to check into the health and well-being of their children too. If these people are so irresponsible to let any life in their care get harmed so easily, this does not bode well for the safety and health of their own children. Are they next going to tell their children to go play in traffic and then blame the cars for their children's death? They've already clearly proved that they really don't care how another supposedly-loved life dies while it is under their care. What other lives under their care are the next to go?
Someone please explain to me why it is PERFECTLY HUMANE for a cat-owner to let their cat roam free to inevitably be ran over by a car, attacked by other cats or animals, lap up antifreeze it finds in a gutter, or rat-poison under someone's steps, freeze or bake to death, or contracts any of the many deadly diseases parasites and infections that cats pass to one another. But it is NOT okay when someone shoots their cats? You people are pointing the finger in the wrong direction. The person who got their cat shot were the cat's OWNERS. This is 100% THEIR FAULT. Perhaps cat-owners should learn the distinction between being a responsible pet-owner and a criminally irresponsible one. If not, too bad. The rest of the world is not their pet's baby-sitter. A highly destructive INVASIVE-SPECIES pet at that. That's THEIR job to keep them from harm lest they be held criminally responsible for animal-abandonment, animal-abuse, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, animal-cruelty, and all invasive-species laws on earth. Let them explain to their child why their criminally irresponsible behavior and values got their cat killed by road-kill, environmental poisons, died a slow death from an animal attack, or was trapped and drowned, or shot by someone who is more respectful and responsible about their natural environment than the criminally irresponsible cat-owner. Maybe in that lesson of explaining the death of their cat to their child that the parent too will grow up into a socially responsible, respectable, and respectful human as well one day. Though I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that to ever happen. Someone needs to check into the health and well-being of their children too. If these people are so irresponsible to let any life in their care get harmed so easily, this does not bode well for the safety and health of their own children. Are they next going to tell their children to go play in traffic and then blame the cars for their children's death? They've already clearly proved that they really don't care how another supposedly-loved life dies while it is under their care. What other lives under their care are the next to go? Nature Advocate
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