RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the St Mellons area of Cardiff.

The one year old domestic grey cat was probably shot  in the back on Friday 29 November and taken to the vet the following day. An x-ray examination confirmed that an air gun pellet was lodged near his spine and the pellet was removed during surgery.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “We need to find out urgently how this happened and who’s responsible for such a callous act. Luckily the pellet missed the spine and all the major organs but this was a brutal attack on a defenceless animal.”

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 witnessed this 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)