RCMP are issuing a warning to pet owners after a family cat was shot in the Deep Cove area of North Saanich Monday evening.

In a release, Sidney/North Saanich RCMP said the cats owner, Karen Halkett, let her Burmese cat Frankie outside at approximately 4 p.m. on August 12.

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At 8 p.m., when Frankie hadn’t come in, Halkett went looking for the cat and found her hiding and injured in a van. After visiting the veterinarian it was discovered that Frankie had been shot by what is believed to be a .22 calibre firearm.

The cat underwent surgery today which involved amputating one of her legs due to the severity of damage cause by the shot.

The shooting shooting occurred in the area of Baxendale Road.

This is a rather odd post: My Mom’s little Burmese cat was shot in the shoulder with what is deemed a .22 caliber gun….

Posted by Marina Halkett on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Halkett wishes for people to know about what happened in order to protect their own pets.

“This is a concerning report and one that we take very seriously,” said Cst. Meighan de Pass, media relations officer for the Sidney North Saanich RCMP. “Causing suffering to an animal and the careless use of a firearm are serious offences, both of which we are investigating fully.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sidney North Saanich RCMP (250) 656-3931.