imageThe RSPCA is investigating after a cat in Coventry was shot with what is thought to be a tranquilizer dart.

The cat, a male tabby and white long hair which lives in Tennyson Road, was found to have a suspicious dart around 3cm in length in his fur by his owner as she stroked him on Wednesday 7 October.

RSPCA inspector Louise Labram, who is investigating the case, said: “As the owner parted the fur she discovered the dart, which had caught the skin as there was blood present. It may be due to the thickness of the cat’s fur that it stopped the dart from going into the cat’s body much further. Fortunately the cat is fine.

“The dart looks suspicious as it does not appear to be a throwing games dart so it could be some sort of tranquilizer dart.

“There are concerns that someone in the area may be targeting cats, especially as this dart was clearly thrown or shot at the cat in question. I am also concerned by the object itself and what someone is carrying around with them to cause harm like this.

“Anyone who has any information at all should contact us immediately on 0300 123 8018 or the police on 101.”

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