NATIONAL NEWS - A woman living in Centurion has been left with a R18 000 bill after her beloved house cat was shot over the weekend.
Sharon Bezuidenhout’s cat was shot in the right leg on Sunday in Olive Street in Valhalla.
Bezuidenhout’s got an R8 000 bill when she fetched her cat, Serabi from her veterinary on Wednesday afternoon.
She had already put down a R10 000 deposit when her cat was admitted for an operation to mend the badly fractured leg.
“The first vet quoted me R3 000 to amputate her leg, but I cannot just do that,” she said.
A heartbroken Bezuidenhout said she feels very discouraged.
“I am a housewife, my husband is working abroad and he will only be paid when he returns in September. I don’t know what to do.”
She describes her cat as her companion who sleeps with her every night.
She said when she fetched her cat the vet gave her a R2 000 discount on the R18 000, but she only has two months to come up the outstanding money otherwise the discount will expire.
“I am a cardiac patient and haven’t been able to get my own medication, my diesel in my car is low, I don’t know how I will come up with the outstanding money.”
Bezuidenhout said she does not know who the culprit is, but suspects the person lives nearby.
“Serabi wouldn’t have been able to drag herself so far back home after she was shot,” she said.
“I cannot understand who would be so cruel to shoot someone’s cat.”
She said the bullet has not yet been removed and a plate was used to mend the leg.