Animal welfare experts have launched an investigation after a poor cat was shot dead near its home. The incident happened in the Turnberry Wynd area of Irvine, North Ayrshire, on Tuesday 2 March. The devastated owners took their dead cat to the vet who confirmed it had been shot with a pellet. The cat died due to the extent of its injuries.
The Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) were alerted and are now working with police due to the involvement of a firearm.
A SPCA special investigations unit inspector, who cannot be named due to undercover work, said: “Our thoughts are with the owners just now. This has been an incredibly upsetting and stressful time for them.
“The cat didn’t venture far from their house, so this happened close to where the owners lived.
“We are asking anyone in the area who might know what happened to come forward.
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“This was a deliberate attempt to kill an animal, which is a criminal offence punishable by law.
“This abhorrent act also shows a complete disregard for the life of an animal, so we are asking pet owners in the area to be vigilant until we find the person responsible.
“We are working closely with Police Scotland to establish the circumstances due to the use of a firearm in the incident.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.
It comes as last month a Maine Coon cat in Yorkshire was left in a critical condition after being shot with 25 pellets.
“Check the body and limbs for small tufts of fur which will be sprouting from the wound. If you find a wound, contact your vet immediately to discuss your pet’s condition.
“If you can’t find a wound but your cat is showing symptoms and a change in behaviour (a lively cat will become very quiet) and not allowing their stomach to be touched, contact your vet.”