'Sickening' stoning almost drowns cat

Gizmo is still traumatised after his ordeal

Gizmo is still traumatised after his ordeal

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN animal lover is offering a £100 reward after a stray kitten she rescued was almost drowned by a gang of ‘hoodies’ in Grange-over-Sands.

Lisa Casey, of Yewbarrow Estate, Grange, took in nine- month-old Gizmo after she found him sitting on her doorstep.

While out walking thr-ough the woods, by Yew-barrow Lodge, with her two rescued Rottweilers, Milo and Poppy, on Dec-ember 30, she spotted a gang of eight boys and girls, aged between 14 and 16, hang-ing around a small pond.She noticed they were throwing stones into the water and, to her horror, saw they were aiming them at little Gizmo, who was struggling in the pond.

The 41-year-old cleaner said: “I didn’t realise it was him at first. I shouted at them to stop what they were doing and they star-ted to swear at me.

“One of them shouted at me: ‘It’s only a cat’ and then they all ran off laughing.

“I got him home and he cowered under the chair. “Me and the dogs helped dry him off, but he was absolutely terrified and couldn’t stop shaking.

“He is such a lovely, friendly cat, so he probably went straight over to them.

“He is very wary of people now and is reluctant to leave the house.

“I can’t believe anyone would be so cruel to an innocent animal. I am sick- ened by it all.”

The cat has a small cut on his head and leg after the incident, and is still traumatised.

The police were called that night, but have been unable to find the youths, so Lisa and her father, Jim Casey, are now offering a £100 reward to catch the teenagers responsible.

Mr Casey said: “Boys and girls who do this type of things to animals have been known to go on and commit worse crimes. We want them to be found and prosecuted.”

If anyone has any information about the incident, contact Lisa at lisacasey72 @hotmail.co.uk

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8:55pm Thu 9 Jan 14

jazzactivist says...

This is horrible behaviour that needs to be stopped, and the culprits caught. But I live in Grange and have never seen groups of young people in hoodies around here. I do remember that there were reports a couple of years ago about a couple of young people from Grange being convicted of being cruel to animals. So it might be worthwhile for the police to stop by at that address to see if either of them have been released and are carrying on with this foul behaviour and influencing other young people to join in. Hope Gizmo is recovering and that nothing like this happens again.
This is horrible behaviour that needs to be stopped, and the culprits caught. But I live in Grange and have never seen groups of young people in hoodies around here. I do remember that there were reports a couple of years ago about a couple of young people from Grange being convicted of being cruel to animals. So it might be worthwhile for the police to stop by at that address to see if either of them have been released and are carrying on with this foul behaviour and influencing other young people to join in. Hope Gizmo is recovering and that nothing like this happens again. jazzactivist
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12:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

drixhen says...

These people if you can call them that are nothing but SCUM and need to be taught a lesson
These people if you can call them that are nothing but SCUM and need to be taught a lesson drixhen
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3:26pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Stargazeratdawn says...

Living in Grange I'd like to see these thugs named and shamed. No excuses.. as there aren't any. Toddlers would know that this was wrong, so, older children have absolutely no excuse. If they were present, then they are equally to blame. We are simply too soft with idiots like this. I don't advocate corporal punishment, but I do advocate local humiliation.
Living in Grange I'd like to see these thugs named and shamed. No excuses.. as there aren't any. Toddlers would know that this was wrong, so, older children have absolutely no excuse. If they were present, then they are equally to blame. We are simply too soft with idiots like this. I don't advocate corporal punishment, but I do advocate local humiliation. Stargazeratdawn
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Mon 13 Jan 14

zaney5 says...

Shocking. Poor little cat. How anyone could abuse an animal is beyond me, Mind you, whilst at the local wildlife park yesterday I witnessed a young lad, standing on the other side of the fence to one of the smaller animals and when it walked past him he kicked the fence. Parents just stood there and said nothing. I made a comment about him being out of order and they all just shrugged and looked dumb.
These are the kind of brainless idiots we are dealing with!
Shocking. Poor little cat. How anyone could abuse an animal is beyond me, Mind you, whilst at the local wildlife park yesterday I witnessed a young lad, standing on the other side of the fence to one of the smaller animals and when it walked past him he kicked the fence. Parents just stood there and said nothing. I made a comment about him being out of order and they all just shrugged and looked dumb. These are the kind of brainless idiots we are dealing with! zaney5
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10:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

littlemy says...

Why are there so many "thumbs down" on these comments? If that had happened to my cat I'd find the culprits, chuck them in pond, hurl stones at them and see how they liked it. I'm astounded that people are giving negative votes to these comments, the world has gone mad.
Why are there so many "thumbs down" on these comments? If that had happened to my cat I'd find the culprits, chuck them in pond, hurl stones at them and see how they liked it. I'm astounded that people are giving negative votes to these comments, the world has gone mad. littlemy
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