A cat has died after being shot with an air rifle in a “deliberate and brutal act of cruelty”.
Valerie and Keith Edmondson’s cat, Duchy, was in “terrible pain from his injuries” and “wailing”, Mrs Edmondson said.
“It was awful to see him suffer so much,” she added.
It is suspected that the rifle, which was fitted with a red laser light, had been modified to give it greater power.
A bullet entered just behind Duchy’s front leg and fragmented the bone, before shattering into tiny pieces and causing shrapnel-type wounds, an x-ray showed.
Duchy was hit as he tried to climb a fence in Heswall, Merseyside.
A neighbour in Sandham Grove said she heard a gunshot at about 10.30pm on Friday, and saw a red laser coming from a nearby field when she looked out of the window.
She found Duchy writhing in pain when she went to investigate.
He was rushed to the vet by Mrs Edmondson but could not be saved.
RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes, who is investigating the incident, said that based on the “injuries and the laser light the neighbour saw, it is believed the gun used was probably an air rifle which had been modified to be high-powered”.
He added: “It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenceless animals.
“These are deliberate and brutal acts of cruelty.”
Mrs Edmondson said: “He was my son’s cat but I inherited him five years ago and can’t tell you how much pleasure he brought me.
“He was gorgeous and loved to follow me around the house, but would also enjoy going in the garden and exploring nearby.”
:: Anyone with information should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
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