Cat shot dead in Norwich village of Swainsthorpe

Published:
12:14 24 October 2022



A couple have been left ‘with a huge void’ in their lives after their beloved cat was shot and subsequently died.

John Craft lives in Church Road, Swainsthorpe, with his wife Nicki Craft and a four-year-old cat named Stormy.

However, on the morning of October 14 – a day before the couple were due to fly to Denmark to see their daughter – tragedy struck.

Mr Craft, who works part-time as a delivery driver for Asda, said: “We had Stormy booked into a cattery for Friday.


Stormy had to be shot on October 18
– Credit: John Craft

“She went out Thursday night but didn’t come home until we went to bed.

“When I woke up on Friday morning, I heard her crying downstairs.

“She couldn’t move her paw and she had blood pouring from her left shoulder.”

Ms Craft immediately took Stormy to the vet where it was initially diagnosed that she may have had a fight with another cat and had a puncture wound.


John Craft and his wife, Nicki Craft, who live in Church Road, Swainsthorpe

John Craft and his wife, Nicki Craft, who live in Church Road, Swainsthorpe
– Credit: John Craft

However, the beloved young feline was still not himself after returning home.

“She was lifeless, taking no food and not even drinking water,” Mr Craft, 69, added.

“My wife stayed home instead of coming to Denmark, so she took Stormy back to the vet.

“They took X-rays and found that her shoulder was broken by pieces of fragmented bullet inside. She had been shot.”

It is unknown where Stormy was shot in the village, only that it was close enough that she could limp home.

On Tuesday, October 18, Stormy was shot.


Stormy was four years old and came out on October 13 and was shot sometime before October 14

Stormy was four years old and came out on October 13 and was shot sometime before October 14
– Credit: John Craft

“We are devastated,” Mr Craft said.

“She was so loving and always liked having her tummy tickled.

“It left a huge void in our lives.”

Mr Craft contacted the police to see if they could investigate the matter.


Mr and Mrs Craft live in Church Road, Swainsthorpe

Mr and Mrs Craft live in Church Road, Swainsthorpe
– Credit: Google Maps

A spokeswoman for Cats Protection in Norwich said: “We are appalled to read what is happening and are calling on anyone who may have information to help catch the attacker to come forward to help the police and the RSPCA.”

The Craft family urged neighbors in the area to be vigilant and keep their cats indoors if possible.

Mr Craft added: ‘I can’t believe anyone would do that.’

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