Pet cat killed by air rifle shot

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot dead with an air rifle in Mansfield.

The cat was found dead on the morning of 13 July at her owner’s property in Sandy Lane, Mansfield.

The two-year-old female cat had last been seen alive at around 1am on Sunday 13th July and was found dead at 9am.

The body was taken to a vet and metal fragments were found in the entry and exit wound which was through the cat’s spine and belly. The cat had died as result of loss of blood.

RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis is investigating and said: “This is a really tragic incident and we would appeal to anyone with information to contact us on 0300 123 8018. We would also urge people to be vigilant in the area and if they see anyone acting suspiciously then we would urge them to get in touch with us.”

The RSPCA believes that a great many reports of animals shot with air weapons go unreported, often because owners just aren’t aware that injuries have been caused in this way or because the animals aren’t found.

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)