The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat lost an eye after being shot with an air rifle.
Two-year-old Pemble was targeted on the afternoon of 22 December around Upper Harbury Street, in Burton-on-Trent. The air pellet went through her right eye, causing irreparable damage to the iris. As a result of the injury, her right eye was removed by a vet the next day.
RSPCA inspector Laura Bryant, who is investigating, said: “Pemble’s owner got a horrible shock when she found Pemble in the kitchen with blood pouring out of her eye. She did the right thing in getting her straight to a vet, however, very sadly, her eye could not be saved.
“It has caused a lot of upset for her owner, who is very concerned that someone who lives near to her has done this.
“It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenseless animals. These are deliberate and callous acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit these offences.
“We are investigating this matter and we would like to remind people that the penalties faced if caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can be up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000 if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.
“Anyone who has any information on who shot Pemple should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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