Cat news: Thug kills cat outside its house in horror shooting – owners warned | UK | News
Animal welfare officials have opened an investigation after a poor cat was shot dead near their home. The incident took place on Tuesday March 2 in the Turnberry Wynd area of Irvine, North Ayrshire. The destroyed owners took their dead cat to the vet, who confirmed that it had been shot with a pellet. The cat died due to the severity of its injuries.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been alerted and is now working with the police over the involvement of a firearm.
An inspector from the SPCA special investigation unit, who cannot be named due to undercover work, said, “Our thoughts are with the owners right now. It was an incredibly exciting and stressful time for her.
“The cat did not venture far from her house, so it did so near the home of the owners.
“We ask anyone in the area who might know what happened.
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“This was a deliberate attempt to kill an animal, which is a criminal offense that can be punished by law.
“This heinous act also shows a total disregard for the life of an animal. Therefore we ask animal owners in the area to be vigilant until we find the person responsible.
“We are working closely with Police Scotland to investigate the circumstances surrounding the use of a firearm in the incident.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal hotline on 03000 999 999.
It comes last month when a Maine Coon cat in Yorkshire was in critical condition after being shot with 25 pellets.
“Check the body and limbs for small tufts of fur sprouting from the wound. If you find a wound, contact your veterinarian immediately to discuss your pet’s condition.
“If you can’t find a wound, but your cat is showing symptoms and behavior change (a lively cat will get very quiet) and won’t allow her stomach to be touched, see your veterinarian.”