The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot with an air rifle in Perry Barr, Birmingham.

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The six-year-old cat, named Coco, was found to have an injury to the side of her body by her concerned owner, on 22 September.

She was taken to the vets where an x-ray confirmed that she had two pellets in the side of her body.

As the pellets were deep under her skin, it was decided that they were best left alone. She is now recovering at her home in Wensleydale Road.

RSPCA inspector Mike Scargill said: “Thankfully the pellets had missed Coco’s vital organs, so she has had a very lucky escape, but her owner said that she is now nervous of loud noises. What has happened to her has clearly frightened her a lot.

“We are appealing for information and urge anyone who can help us find out who did this to call us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”

Every year, the RSPCA receives almost 1,000 calls to investigate cases and help hundreds of animals that are the defenseless victims of air gun attacks.

“It is shocking that someone thinks it is perfectly acceptable to target an innocent animal in this way,” said Inspector Scargill.

“Some, like Coco, are very lucky, but others sadly do suffer fatal injuries as a result of this deliberate and brutal act of cruelty.

“We are supporting Cat’s Protection’s call for tighter controls on air weapons. This, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun, and requirements that everyone must receive basic safety training before being allowed to walk out of the shop could help relieve the problem.

“These weapons cause horrific pain and suffering and it is illegal. Anyone caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can be up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.”

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