RSPCA Cymru warn pet owners to be vigilant following attack

Monday 8 July 2013

RSPCA Cymru is warning pet owners to be vigilant after a cat was shot with an air rifle in Newport. The cat was taken to the vets but sadly died after suffering a heart attack while being treated.

The attack happened on Saturday (06/08/13) in the vicinity of Courtney street. Gwent police have been informed and are investigating the incident.

Inspector Nicola Johnson said: ““This was a mindless attack on a defenceless animal. It is distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries with such deliberate acts of cruelty”.

The RSPCA is reminding parents and teenagers of the penalties faced if caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal. Under the Animal Welfare Act, those causing unnecessary suffering to animals face a £20,000 fine and/or up to six months in prison.

It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to be in possession of an airgun without supervision under the Violent Crime Reduction Bill 2006.

Anyone who witnesses an attack can report it by calling to RSPCA 24-hour cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message)