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Family pet shot in Ocean Shores

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Ocean Shores Charlie is a much-loved seal point Ragdoll cross. Photo Facebook.

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A much-loved family pet was the victim of a shooting last week in Ocean Shores.

Charlie the cat was shot. His femur was totally shattered by a lead bullet. A local vet nurse said she has never seen such a badly broken bone before.

Charlie’s human Moriah Loughran said the surgeon who operated on Charlie on Saturday, believes he was most likely shot with a 22 Calibre rifle. He also believes the shot was fired from height at midrange.

Ms Loughran said that Charlie, a six-year-old seal point Ragdoll cross, was perfectly fine on Thursday morning when she gave him his breakfast on her verandah. ‘Charlie never ventures far past our yard, let alone our street. We found him at 4pm without the use of his leg – very clearly in pain.’

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Charlie’s x-ray – a local vet nurse said she has never seen such a badly broken bone before. Photo Facebook.

Ms Loughran took Chalie to the Casuarina Seaside Vet as her sister-in-law works there. ‘The orthopaedic surgeon that saved his leg explained that the bullet used was a dumdum bullet, so basically they shot him with full intention to kill him.

‘Up until now I would have said that we are lucky enough to live in a safe and loving community,’  ‘Now I am sickened to think that somebody living in very close proximity to me has shot our pet!’

Charlie is home now – he is on cage rest for four weeks. ‘Currently, he is very unhappy,’ said Ms Loughran. ‘He is barely eating or drinking which makes it very difficult to give him pain killers and antibiotics.

‘His leg has been plated, and he will require another surgery to remove pins. If all goes well he will hopefully have full use of his leg again. However, there is a chance that his body won’t accept the plate, in which case we would be required to amputate his leg.

‘There is also a chance that the bullet, which they were unable to remove, might cause infection.’

Ms Loughran said that it is very difficult to comprehend how somebody could commit such an atrocious act. ‘I can’t help but worry about the wellbeing of other family pets, and children in the neighbourhood.

‘We are lucky that Charlie is still alive, but this incident has very much impacted my families sense of security. It came at a great cost financially and emotionally.

Moriah said she wanted to express her gratitude to the people in the area. ‘We have had a huge amount of love and support from members of our community.’


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  1. The slug was probably from an air rifle, a BB gun
    A .22 bullet would keep going and not be imbedded in the paw.

  2. Yes, many animal and pet advocates warn that cats should not be outside. It is dangerous and this is an extreme event but is representative of the range of dangers outdoor cats face. Pets can be loved when kept inside, Also owners can be amazed by how far their cats do roam. I really feel for the family and hope they investigate all the attractive and stimulating items for “indoor” cats.

  3. Don’t ever want to see this sort of thing happen, it’s atrocious! However, cat owners really need to up their game about keeping cats under control. Anyone who has a cat for a pet has a responsibility to keep the cat inside as they really are killing machines for small birds and animals. People will always say their cat doesn’t kill, but kill is what cats do. If you don’t like the idea of keeping a cat indoors, then please, realise that a cat is not the right pet for you.

  4. Ok. So firstly I’m not a Cat person and I don’t believe they should be outside unless in an enclosed “cat enclosure” so they can’t kill wildlife; BUT, to shoot a family pet is a diabolical and cowardly thing to do. If you don’t agree with where the cat IS, take it home and tell it’s humans to keep it indoors and/or offer to help them build an outdoor enclosure for their pet. Don’t inflict pain and injury on ANY living thing. NO! not even a cat.

  5. Ocean shores was always full of rednecks.

    Dogs kill wildlife as well. I wonder if all these people saying cats should be shot would say the same about dogs?

  6. To the vigilante with the gun:
    “We shall be permitted to live on this (planet) only for so long as we treat ALL nature with compassion and intelligence.” Aldous Huxley.
    And which part of “thou shalt not kill” did YOU not understand?

  7. The fact is, there is an every increasing amount of domestic animals and an ever decreasing wildlife population. In my book dogs and cats are expendable, especially if caught doing the wrong thing or even in the wrong place.

  8. Unfortunately Tracy, cat, and dog owners, have animals killed every week to feed their pets. Pet owners having kangaroos brains blown out, and having fit uneconomical race horses killed for their pets food also doesn’t fit in to the “Don’t inflict pain and injury on ANY living thing.”. If pet owners are happy to have animals killed for their pets food then at least they must take on their responsibility of keeping their cats separated from wildlife, and that means kept inside, or in a bird avery size cage in a pet owners own back yard.

  9. Here in Logan, although cats are banned from being outside of the owners property boundary, I have had a nightly rampage of hunting and killing in my garden for years. I have had a ‘cat’ trap now for a year or so and have caught 6 of these killers in that time, and handed them over to Council’s Animal Management service.
    They kill bats, birds, possums and lizards here in my garden if left unhindered!!

  10. HUMANS KILL MORE WILDLIFE THAN PETS or even wild cats and dogs. Think about global warming, deforestation, pollution, loss of habitat, over fishing, wildlife trade, introduction of non native species, etc etc

  11. To those excusing the ugly violent crime of the human responsible, what about “two wrongs don’t make a right”? And what happened to YOUR capacity for compassion? Who stole it from you? Unlike animals eating what is natural to them, (including human-animal-peoples’ companion non-human-animals; friends, protectors, and spiritual guides, not “pets”) (and no I’m not advocating free reign for cats), this was a completely unnecessary act of hateful human violence. It is not excusable. And this is the species that claims to possess higher intelligence than all other lifeforms of nature !?! Well no wonder this world is in so much suffering.
    And these same unkind of people go out TO BE SEEN at protests such as “black lives matter”, as though they care about any lives other than their own, and their own social status and APPEARANCE of doing the right thing. Oh but as long as their words take on the appearance of “political correctness” !

  12. It is shocking to think that people are using guns in the suburbs against anything! What are we stooping to? Can neighbours advise who uses a gun near you? To move on, two things I would ask: is Charlie sterilised? Doing this would help in keeping him close to home and prevent him from being a pest to others. Is he wearing a collar with a bell attached? There are quick release collars now that hold on wonderfully until the cat is caught somewhere, then it pops open. Is he ever fed fresh lean meat to compensate for wild meat?

  13. I’m a cat-lover and I say that both dogts and cats kill unless you are fully prepared to keep your pets indoors at all times. I have a cat that lives indoors quite happily. It’s the irresponsible owners of both cats and dogs who let their pets roam outside and that is how they can kill! For goodness sake, people, time to act as responsible people from now on!


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