The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat suffered a broken leg when he was shot with an air rifle in Hinckley.

The male cat was found by his owner with the injuries in Strathmore Road, on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 April.

An X-ray showed that a pellet from an air rifle had fractured his leg.

RSPCA inspector Alison North, who is investigating, said: “This is a very concerning incident and is extremely traumatic for both the cat and his owner.

“At the moment we know very little about when and why this has happened, and who shot the poor cat. It is a shocking incident and one which would have left the cat in a lot of pain. We want to hear from anyone who may have heard or seen anything which might help us find out what happened. If you know anything, please contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.

“Under the Animal Welfare Act, if someone is caught deliberately using an air weapon to injure an animal, they could face a £20,000 fine and/or up to six months in prison.”

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.)