Police appeal for witnesses after cats have been shot by an air rifle in Boulton Moor

Posted on 25th July 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses after the owner of a cat discovered their pet had been shot with an air rifle pellet.

The cat’s owner lives in the Mountfield Way, area of Boulton Moor and called police after they discovered the dead animal with a wound on the evening of Monday, July 22.

It was X-rayed by a vet and found to have a small pellet lodged under its skin, possibly from a gas loaded air rifle weapon.

A similar incident was reported by a different cat owner from the same area earlier this year when he reported that his cat had been shot at and killed by an air pellet in March.

He has since discovered yesterday (Wednesday, July 24) a second cat of his has been shot at after checking his cat and discovering a lump under the skin.

The cat has had surgery and is now recovering but the vets confirm an air rifle pellet was removed.

PCSO Emma Guest, from Mercia Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We have three separate incidents now and urge anyone with any information that can lead us to the person responsible to contact us straightaway.

“We also want pet owners, particularly those who have cats, to check their animals for any markings or wounds and to report it to us if they find any.

“This kind of animal cruelty is intolerable and we would very much appreciate any information that brings this person to justice.”

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity in the area over the weekend, or anyone with information relating to the attacks, should call police on 101 quoting crime reference 30589/13 and ask for PCSO Emma Guest.

You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always call 999.


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