RSPCA appeal after cat shot with air rifle
PUBLISHED: 09:17 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 09:45 31 October 2014
The RSPCA are appealing for information after a cat was killed in Orpington.
Bailey, a four-year-old male tabby cat, went missing from his address on Stowe Road on October 16.
His body was found three days later in a neighbour’s garden, with a pellet wound in the bone of his back leg.
His owners, who did not want to be named, are very worried that unless something is done other cats could be in danger too.
RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas said: “It looks like poor Bailey was trying to make his way home but never quite made it.
“Who knows how long he suffered before the shot proved fatal. It is just horrible to think about.
“We would like to hear from anyone with any information on who shot him.
“Unfortunately this is not such a rare occurrence as you would hope. Cats - and wildlife - tend to be vulnerable to such deliberate attacks simply because they are out there in the open on their own.
“We would urge people to remember it is a legal as well as moral offence to cause deliberate cruelty to an animal in this way.”
Anyone with any information can contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.