A pet owner has said his Christmas has been ruined after his “loving and incredibly affectionate” cat was murdered last month.
Chris Poore, from Bushey, said he was filled with anger when he found out his cat Odin had been shot through his lungs with an air rifle in a garden near his home in Ashfield Avenue on Monday, November 11.
After being handed into the vets by a neighbour, it was presumed that Odin had passed away after being hit by a car, but Chris sensed that something didn’t add up.
Chris explained: “I was working from home that day and I got a call from the vet saying Odin had been brought in and that he’d passed away. I was devastated.
“They said he had most likely been hit by a car. We took him home that night as we didn’t want him to be alone and saw that he had no obvious wounds – something just didn’t add up.”
After requesting a post-mortem on Odin, Chris and his partner were left feeling sick to their stomach after finding out the extent of his injuries – a bullet from an air rifle in his chest.
“It absolutely crushed us. It was bad enough thinking he died from an accident, but to know some sick person maliciously killed him is just horrible,” said Chris.
“He had such a hard start to life and to know it ended in such a cruel way just makes me so sad. He was my baby boy and I am devastated. It has ruined Christmas – it’s really hard to celebrate anything at the moment.”
Chris, who is appealing for any information to be shared with the police, believes someone leaned over the fence in the alleyway between Ashfield Avenue and Steeplands and shot Odin.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary quoting police reference 41/102868/19.