THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot by an airgun.

The black and white male cat was discovered by a member of the public yesterday (14 September) at Mary Street, Treharris.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said the cat was taken to a vet.

“Sadly, the cat was put to sleep by the vet,” he said. “He would have been in excruciating pain as he was shot in the abdomen.

“Unfortunately the cat did not have a collar and was not microchipped so we can’t identify the owner.

“The injuries caused by gun attacks are horrific and often fatal. These attacks are often deliberate by people who just don’t care about hurting animals or deliberately target animals to keep them away from gardens.

“Whoever carries out these attacks needs to understand that they are illegal and you face up to six months in prison if caught.”

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.

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