THE RSPCA is appealing for information following the death of a young cat which was shot with an air rifle in March.
Nine-month-old Sugar was rushed to the town’s Best Friends vets on Thursday evening after her owners found her crying and in obvious pain in the garden of their home in The Walnuts.
As she had not been gone long, the family believe she was injured close to home.
Veterinary surgeon at Best Friends, Mitzi Walker, said at first they suspected she may have been hit by a car. However an X-ray on Friday morning, just before she died, showed a metal pellet lodged in Sugar’s abdomen and a further pellet in the muscle of one of her back legs.
Ms Walker said the black-and-white cat appeared to have died from injuries sustained when she was shot.
The family, who have children aged from four to 15, have been left very upset over Sugar’s death.
A spokesperson from the RSPCA said: “This was a callous and completely pointless act of cruelty towards a defenceless cat which must have been very upsetting for the owners. The RSPCA takes matters of this type very seriously and is investigating the incident.
“Anyone with any information about this incident should call our emergency helpline on 0300-1234-999, quoting incident 797 of 18/2.”