Bobby the catA family pet was left with severe injuries and had to be put to sleep after being shot with an air rifle in North Wales.

Bobby, an eight-year-old tabby and white cat, was found injured by a member of the public on Wednesday 9 November in Wrexham, and taken to a nearby veterinary practice. The cat was from the Minera area of the town.

X-rays showed that the cat had been shot, with a pellet visible just above his hip bone in the back of his spine, and sadly the injuries were so bad that he had to be put to sleep by a vet.

RSPCA inspector Tim Jones said:

“Our thoughts go out to Bobby’s family at this deeply sad time. We also thank the member of the public who found this poor cat, and took him to the vets.

“This shooting has caused Bobby such severe injuries that, on veterinary advice, he had to be put to sleep. It is hard to understand why a cat would be shot in such way, but sadly cats can be vulnerable to such shocking incidents.

“We are eager to find out information as to what happened to Bobby. Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, with calls treated in confidence.”

The cat was microchipped, so his owners could be contacted to notify them of the sad news.

Anne Mackenzie, who owned Bobby, added:

“I just cannot believe this has happened. The whole family is absolutely heartbroken by this news.

“We all absolutely love animals, and Bobby was one of the family. To think anyone would do something like this is so distressing, but we are hoping someone will come forward with some information to help us find out what has happened.”

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