Cat was disorientated and covered in maggots
Friday July 26 2013
RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information about a cat who was found wandering in an appalling state with two gunshot wounds in his head last night (Thursday 25 July).
A group of teenage boys called the RSPCA after seeing the grey and white cat in a disorientated state near the river on the Blackwood Business Park in Pontllanfraith.
When RSPCA Inspector Gemma Black arrived she discovered that the young male cat was covered in maggots and had apparent injuries to his rear and neck.
Following an examination at Summerhill Vets in Newport the vet found that he had been shot twice in the head with with a rifle. The cat’s injuries were so severe that he had to be put to sleep.
The cat was not microchipped and his owner has not yet been traced.
Inspector Black said: “I was absolutely shocked and disgusted by this senseless attack on an innocent animal. The cat was practically being eaten alive by maggots and in a dreadful state. I’m concerned that someone else’s pet could also get injured or killed. We need to find the person responsible for this cowardly act before any other animals suffer.”
Anyone with information about this incident should call the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls are treated in confidence.
The RSPCA has recently revealed worrying figures showing an increase in the number of air rifle attacks on animals reported to the charity. So far this year there have been 34 attacks reported in Wales with the most recent involving a cat from Newport who died from a heart attack after being shot.
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.
To help support the RSPCA’s work then please text HELP to 78866 now to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).
X-ray showing the pellets lodged in the cat’s head