The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot with an air rifle in Rugeley.

The eight-year-old ginger and white male cat was found by his owner in Mill Way, in Longdon, Rugeley, with a wound to his abdomen on Thursday (24 September) morning.

Upon examination at the vets, it was found that a pellet had lodged into his pelvis. He has now been discharged from the vets and is being cared for at home.

RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley said: “Due to the pellet being lodged deep into his skin, this cat could have been shot with a high-powered rifle. He would have suffered a great deal of pain and would have been very distressed.

“This is a very upsetting time for the cat’s owners, who think the world of their pet. They have, however, been overwhelmed by the kindness of people in the community who have offered support to them since it happened.

“It is simply not acceptable to treat animals in this way. We would urge anyone with any information on this incident to call us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our Inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).