The owners of a Bengal cat shot with a .22 rifle have been left dismayed at how someone can do such a thing.
Three-year-old Roari was staying at a friend's in Taranaki while his owners, originally from Tauranga, were away on holiday, when he was shot.
The friend in care of Roari noticed he had a limp and a round puncture wound. He was taken to the vets.
Pet owner Rhozie Edmonds says she was contacted the next day where an x-ray discovered a .22 bullet inside of his right leg.
“The vet said we had three options, put him down, try remove the bullet and reconstruct any damage – the most expensive option which would also cause long term problems – or amputate,” says Rhozie.
His owners went ahead with the amputation and Roari was taken into care by the Rhozie's mother in Tauranga, where his condition worsened and an infection developed.
Roari now requires a second surgery.
“I couldn't bear to put him down [simply] because I didn't have the finances to save him,” says Rhozie.
His injuries come after a similar incident occurred in the same week, where another Bengal was shot twice at a property in Christchurch.
Roari is currently at Tauranga Vets on Cameron Road. His vet bills are at $3000 and rising and are estimated to reach a total of $5000.
It is still unclear as to who may have shot Roari, says Rhozie.
His owners are now asking for donations to fund costs associated to Roari's vet care, through their Givealittle Page.