IMG_20170518_240139337RSPCA Cymru has launched an appeal for information after a cat was fatally shot in the Neath area.

The cat – named Bird – was found with a puncture wound between his shoulder blades, and was in severe distress as he dragged his back legs along the floor.

Sadly, Bird’s injuries were so severe that he later died from the extent of the injuries.

He was found at approximately 10:20pm, on 17 May, in the area of Valley View within the town.

South Wales Police has also been looking into the incident.

Bird’s owner – Lynette Roberts – fears a number of  cats in the local vicinity have endured a similar fate. She has now owned three cats who have fallen victim to shootings in the local area.

Ms Roberts said: “We are absolutely devastated to have lost Bird in this way.

“Sadly, this is not an isolated case. This is the third time we have owned a cat who has been victim to a shooting attack.

“And since Bird’s death, we have also spoken to other local cat owners who have been affected by shootings.

“It is unthinkable why anyone would want to do this to defenceless pets. We just hope people come forward with information, and support the RSPCA and South Wales Police with their enquiries.

“We are overwhelmed by the support and kind words we have received from neighbours, charities and enforcement agencies since the incident; and the whole family wish to offer their thanks to everyone for their help and support.”

Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector, said: “RSPCA Cymru is deeply worried about this concerning incident in Neath, and that this is not the first such reported case of this kind in the area.

“We are so sad that Bird has lost his life, and our thoughts are with Lynette Roberts and the rest of the family.

“If anyone has any information connected to this cat shooting, believed to have taken place in the evening of 17 May, they are urged to contact the RSPCA, or South Wales Police, immediately.

“Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, with all calls treated in confidence.”

Police Sergeant Rob Bending added: “This was a terrible crime against a defenceless animal and I would urge anyone with information to come forward, to ensure we bring the offender to justice.”

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