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Appeal after cat seriously injured in Elstree

29 Apr 2021
  • At some point during Wednesday 14 April, a pet cat is believed to have been shot with air rifle in the vicinity of Deacons Hill Road/Nicholas Road

  • The cat suffered an infection from the wound but is now recovering

  • If you can help, call 101 or email PC Darren Arbuthnott at

Officers are appealing for information and witnesses after a cat was seriously injured in Elstree.

On Wednesday 14 April, a pet owner living in the Deacons Hill Road area, noticed that their cat seemed unwell after it had been outside earlier in the day. The following day, they brought their cat to the vets where he was later admitted to an animal hospital.

X-rays were carried out and these confirmed that the cat had been shot, likely with an air rifle.

PC Darren Arbuthnott, from the Borehamwood and Elstree Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Thankfully the cat is going to be ok but he suffered an infected spleen and stomach where the bullet travelled though. This incident has caused huge distress to the cat’s owner, not to mention a very expensive vet bill.

“We believe the cat must have been shot at some point during Wednesday 14 April in the vicinity of Deacons Hill Road/Nicholas Road. Were you in the area? Did you see what happened or spot something unusual? If so, please get in touch.

“I’m also keen for any dash cam owners driving through the area at the time, to take a look at their footage and make contact if you spot something suspicious.

“Any information you have, no matter how small it might seem, could be vital to our investigation. Please get in touch by calling the non-emergency number 101 or email me at quoting crime reference 41/28190/21.”

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