Family in shock after feline Friday is shot

Gerald Taylor-Balls cat has been shot in West Row. 

Friday, who is eight months old, came limping back home last Sunday.

Picture Mark Westley ANL-161204-233218009

Gerald Taylor-Balls cat has been shot in West Row. Friday, who is eight months old, came limping back home last Sunday. Picture Mark Westley ANL-161204-233218009

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A grandfather-of-three from West Row says the village is ‘up in arms’ after his eight-month-old cat Friday was shot last week.

Gerald Taylor-Balls, 77, of The Gravel, said his family were shocked when they spotted their feline friend slowly pulling himself home on Sunday April 3.

Gerald said his first thought was that a dog had attacked him.

“My son saw him first, he said. “Poor Friday was dragging himself back home.

“He was meowing a bit and trembling.”

Gerald rushed the little cat to the vets in Bury St Edmunds.

“He had swelling on hs shoulder and fragments of plastic in his right shoulder and leg,” said Gerald.

“The vets rang back in the afternoon when they had diagnosed him.

“They still don’t know whether he will recover fully the use of his leg.

“He is very nervous at the moment.

“Friday is still a very friendly cat and will still come for a cuddle but is very cautious about what he does.”

A West Row resident put up a post on the village’s Facebook page about Friday’s plight.

Gerald says the village is up in arms about the shooting and that he has been swamped with messages wishing his pet cat a speedy recovery.

“I would like to thank everyone for their kind messages, he said, “everyone has been very supportive.”

“The village is up in arms about it. Friday is such a friendly cat .

“Everyone is in shock about what has happened.”

Gerald says he knows who was responsible and has reported the incident to the police.