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Wednesday, May 31, 2000
Alleged: Anthony Irwin
Anthony Irwin, 69, used an air rifle to shoot at neighbor's cats, Thomas and Tessa. Irwin said the whole community was tired of the pair of cats "massacring" ducklings in the village.
A veterinarian had to remove a total of five pellets from the cats. The police recovered an air rifle at Irwin's home after Mr Clayton, 65, reported the shootings to police.
Irwin admitted firing at the cats in his garden. He only wanted to scare the cats not harm them. Irwin said, "That cat (Thomas) is a menace throughout the village. With that in mind, I placed metal cans in the garden. When the cat was around, I would shoot at them. When the metal pinged, the cat would run off."
Irwin said he occasionally missed the cans and when asked how close the pellets came to the animals said: "About four feet."
Irwin said he sometimes fired into the bushes he had seen the cats enter but always aimed above their heads.
The local veterinarian, Adrian Bartlett said he had to remove three pellets from Thomas in June 2000. In March 2001 he removed pellets from Tessa who was shot in the thorax and groin.
Irwin, who lived on Main Street, Normanton on Soar, denied two charges of criminal damage in June 2000 and on dates before March 2001.
He could not be prosecuted for animal cruelty offences because of the time between the alleged attacks and the date he was charged.
- The Daily Telegraph, London - May 25, 2002
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