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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cat Murder

Today I am both sad and angry because we have had to put down our beloved family pet cat. The anger is because his illness was caused by being shot with an air rifle. While I know that cats are not universally popular with gardeners and bird lovers I am sure we can all agree that it is completely unacceptable that a family pet cannot be considered safe on our estate. If you are responsible for this and are reading this letter I hope you hang your head in shame – you certainly would if you had to explain your actions to my wife.

If it is your children who have access to these weapons I implore you to take closer interest in what they are doing with them and educate them that living creatures are not acceptable targets for their “fun”.

As an aside, this winter it was reported that grey squirrels have been spotted near our street. Our cat was pure grey and we joked that perhaps someone had mistaken it for a grey squirrel, particularly in the snow. I have yet to see any grey squirrels on my walks round the estate and I sincerely hope this was not someone executing a mistaken cull.

Yours in anger and in regret,

Stephen Guss,