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Shot cat in Sapcote

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Davy-Kelly, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. Davy-Kelly

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    So a few 'wanted' posters have gone up recently about a cat that was shot (not sure if it survived or not) here in Sapcote. Basically they are looking for the culprit. The cat owner is next to a farm that I shoot but they have spoken to the farmer and confirmed that it's not me that shot the cat. Do you think it would be worth my while going to the shot cat owner and introducing myself to them? They own/rent a number of fields (with a fair few rabbits on them as it happens, they keep horses on the land).

    The last thing I want is for some one to call them up and say 'I know of a guy who has an air rifle..." That guy being me!!!

    So in short, should I introduce myself or not, what would you do?

    Cheers, Davy
     
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    PS: I don't condone the shooting of cats before anyone jumps on my back. Just the village idiot giving genuine air rifle owners a bad name
     
  3. Stevie Darling

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    Wouldn't do any harm mate,

    I would get in there before blame starts getting chucked around:)
     
  4. Accuspell

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    I would ask the farmer you shoot on to have a word with his neighbour - if only to break the ice first.
     
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    Don't think you'd have anything to worry about, but an introduction, some condolences and a promise to keep a look out probably wouldn't go amiss.

    Hope they find out what happened to kitty, poor b****r. Crap like this is the last thing legitimate shooters should be dealing with. Good luck mate.

    P.S. - Hope you find the village idiot, and relieve him/her of reproductive qualities.
     
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    If the farmer has already spoken to them and assured them it's not you that might be sufficient but if you see the owner(s) of the cat in the adjoining field(s) you could possibly a word with them or you could check with the farmer to see if they were happy with his assurances.
     
  7. Davy-Kelly

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    I've decided to leave well enough alone, the farmer has spoken to them and I'll leave it at that. I don't want to cause any upset and get in someone's bad books
     
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    I hope they find the culprit and throw the book at them ... l'm certainly no cat lover! ... but these total plebs are a danger ... just what else do they shoot?

    An intro, condolence, and an assurence, you will keep your eyes & ears peeled might go some way to show there are sensible airgun user abound, you being one of them.... atb
     
  9. DenTB

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    Anybody in the area keep an aviary matey ? As an example of possibles, i know that anyone having birds of Any kind living outdoors, pigeons, tame chickens ducks ,people do have the ability ,and likely motive, to protect Their property, and more than likely Valuable livestock,no? Yes. And a cat Is a wild animal is it not, or was. Any gamekeepers about ?
    Sorry mods never realised it was old cat Hat?:eek:
     
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    Unfortunately there are a number of people out there that think its acceptable to shoot peoples pets, i had a guy come to buy a rifle from me once and he happened to mention during the sale that he was going to use the rifle to dispatch a neighborhood cat that had been upsetting his sleep and his lawn. I refused to sell the guy the rifle and suggested maybe a bucket of water chucked over it when wailing at night or cat repellent on his lawn. He was rather annoyed and said he would just go and buy himself a gun from a local gunshop. i wished him the best of luck on his way out. I had the guys details so rang all local air rifle shops and asked them to make sure when they asked for identification if this guy popped up to use there discretion with the sale.
    You cant stop ignorant people doing what they want to do, its impossible with all the air guns out there.
    If you shoot a cat or any other domestic animal, no matter how much you dislike them, you have to be aware that the animal is part of someones family and your are most likely going to devastate them and there children.
     
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    Wise move - especially to avoid all the conspiracy theories and blame games.
    Thanks
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  12. r10hunter

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    A cat may only be shot if it is wild living, feral, not owned by anyone. Anyone shooting one must be 100% sure the cat is feral or they could be in deep trouble.
    An air rifle would not be an acceptable weapon to shoot feral cats with anyway.
    Its not very probable that a local gamekeeper is taking out cats with an air rifle, more probably some idiot with a B2.
    cheers Andy
     
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  13. Andy Wales

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    Well, as an owner of 3 cats and yes, also an airgunner, I would be fuming if anyone dared to shoot any of mine and they would be reported to the Police/RSPCA without hesitation. Thankfully mine are all indoor only cats and it's all they've ever known. I do understand that to someone who likes to keep a beautiful garden etc and puts a lot of their time and effort into it, that a cat digging up parts of it and burying it's business would make them fume too. But shooting them as the answer to the problem? People need to understand that peoples pets are family members and are like our babies to us that love and enjoy them. I believe the Police/RSPCA are starting to take a dim view of people shooting family pets for whatever reason and are starting to prosecute offenders and I happen to agree. Last time I checked, a cat's status in UK law was "Semi-Wild" and I think if you look at the BASC's rules/General licence, they can only be shot if proved to be "feral" in certain circumstances. I believe anyone caught should be prosecuted but that's my opinion as an owner of cats. Sorry to rant a bit, but I just happen to have one of mine sat on my lap and was looking at my 2 others sleeping quietly on the couch together as I came across this post and just had to answer :p

    Andy :)
     
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    Bloody hell, I work 2 miles from sapcote. I'll ask someone I work with who lives in sapcote and knows all the farmers.

    Nice to know there's some local shooters.
     
  15. Davy-Kelly

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    As far as I'm aware it remains unresolved, I'll ask the farmer next time I see him to see if he knows any more.

    Hi Tom, I'm assuming you're talking about me being a local shooter not the cat persecutor ;-) let me know if you hear anything. I know of one village idiot (as far as I'm aware he's more into shotguns than air rifles though)
     
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    Yes talking about you :D, what's the first name or description of this village idiot lol,
     
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    Know it's an old 'un; but I hope the perp is found, strung up and shot in the knackers repeatedly.

    As has been said, pest or not a cat is no doubt a member of a family somewhere. My two are housecats, and I've adopted a stray that lived under the shed. 12 years old, one eye, biggest purr of any cat I've met.

    If any of mine were hit with a projectile of any sort, I'd make it my mission to track the a*sehole down Liam Neeson style. They'd end up sorry one way or another.

    Hopefully someone will talk and an idiot will be caught.
     
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    Even if you run over a cat with your car you have no obligation under the current law to even stop, unlike dogs.
    I thought cats are a helpful addition to a farm? they control vermin much like a "ships cat"
    Most farms i have visited to help out with vermin issues own a cat and some even breed them.
    There great little hunters and natures pest controllers
     
  20. Andy Wales

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    I just read the parts I highlighted in red and spat my tea everywhere laughing:p Thanks for that lol! I would do the same, but didn't want to come over as sounding too aggressive about it lol.

    On a serious note, it makes all us legitimate shooters who try do carry out our sport as humanley as possible look really bad in the view of the public and just gives Gov/Police ever more excuses to come down hard on the sport we all enjoy :(

    Andy.
     

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