A Pretoria resident is mourning the loss of her beloved pet recently shot dead near her home.
Mathilda Sharp of Booysens said her neighbours buried her eight-month-old cat Tobie in their backyard.
“Tobie still had his collar on with the nametag that contained my contact details and information,” Sharp said.
“It doesn’t make sense that the people would bury him on their property, without calling me first.”
Sharp said Tobie went missing last Thursday.
“I knew something was wrong when I came home and Tobie wasn’t there to greet me as he usually does,” she said.
“I immediately started my search for him. I knew he wouldn’t go far – he never does.”
Sharp said her pet was sterilised last month.
“He is the most lovable cat I’ve ever had. He absolutely adores people and would walk up to anyone to make friends.”
Sharp said she found out what had become of her pet when she was distributing missing-cat posters in the area the following day.
“Three homes away from ours, a woman behind a steel gate, said she had found a dead cat on an empty property next to theirs,” Sharp said.
“She gave a description of the cat with a blue collar on and I knew it was Tobie.”
Sharp said the neighbour and her husband admitted to burying the dead cat in their backyard.
“I told them to dig him up as I wanted to see my baby,” she said.
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“The woman was reluctant, but the man finally agreed to dig up the carcass.
“Later their gardener came out with a black bag in which we found Tobie.”
Sharp said she inspected the carcass and found that her cat had been shot with a pellet gun in the neck.
“It’s illegal to fire a pellet gun in a residential area,” said Sharp.
“I can’t believe how cruel and heartless some people are to kill an animal that has done nothing to them.”
Sharp said she laid a complaint at the Hercules police station.
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Cilla Trexler of Wollies animal shelter in Hesteapark said the killing of animals was a criminal offence.
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