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A West Yorkshire, UK, cat that had apparently been held down, shot three times in the face with a pellet gun, and nearly hanged, is recovering from her injuries.

Owners John and Dawn Morvan, whose cat Jessie was leftpartially deaf and blind from the incident, have released photos in the hope of finding the culprit.

John Morvan said: “This was sheer evil. It doesn’t matter whether you like animals or not, it doesn’t give anyone the right to do something as disgusting as this.”

Jessie and her feline housemate, Lilo, had been indoor-only cats until only a few days before the attack.

Lilo had come home shot in the leg on October 23. The Morvans thought Lilo’s injury had been a random incident, but then Jessie limped home just after midnight two days later with air rifle wounds in her neck, ear and face.

“When Lilo came home we thought it could have been an accident,” Dawn said, “but with Jessie, it was completely different.

“My son Andrew found her coming up the street, absolutely caked in blood, she was in a right mess. I knew exactly what had happened as soon as I saw her.”

The family rushed Jessie to their veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Lyons, who performed a painstaking two-hour operation to remove three air gun pellets from Jessie’s head and neck.

“If you shot a cat once it would run away,” Lyons said, “so it must have been incapacitated or, which is even more blood-curdling, two people were involvedand one held her down.

“This cat is lucky to be alive but I’m not sure if nerve function or hearing will ever come back.”

After the Morvans brought her home to recover, she “went downhill again so we took her back to the vets and he found ligature marks on her neck and a black blood clot on her tongue,” said John.

“These marks had taken a couple of days to appear and they proved that they had tried to hang her as well — it’s beyond belief.”

The family has so far paid 1,600 ($2,589 US) in vet bills, and will have to pay out more as Jessie’s treatment continues.

Dawn said: “It makes you wonder — if this is what they could do to animal, what could they to another person that crossed them?”

“Hopefully she is going to live, if she carries on eating and drinking, but she has been permanently damaged by the attack,” she continued.

Police Constable Justin Hayward, of the neighborhood investigation unit, said, “Incidents of this nature are extremely distressing for the owner and we take it veryseriously. This was a nasty attack on two family pets and we will fully investigate both incidents to ensure the culprits are caught.”

Meanwhile, the Morvans are having a large pen built in their back yard, which will allow Lilo and Jessie to play outdoors in safety.

[Source: The Daily Mail]