RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat was believed to have been shot by an air gun in Barry.

The black cat, named Sooty – from Odyn’s Fee, Rhoose – was discovered to have a pellet under his skin after he was taken to a local by his concerned owner.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Black said: “Sooty’s owner found a lump on his abdomen and took him to the vets to get it checked out.

“At the vets, they found a pellet under his skin, which has likely been there for a week or two.

“Luckily the pellet hasn’t seemed to cause any lasting damage or injury to Sooty and it isn’t necessary to remove it at this time, but would of course have been extremely painful at the time.”

RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Sooty. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence.

Inspector Black said: “We don’t know where or when this happened and if this was a deliberate attack. It is just horrifying to think someone may have done this to deliberately inflict pain on poor defenseless Sooty.”

Sooty’s owner Sarah Warren said they were very “shocked” to discover he had been shot by an air gun pellet.

She said: “I had been keeping an eye on Sooty as there were two lumps on his stomach which had been going down. Then last week he seemed a bit distressed and was grooming himself quite a bit so we took him to the vets and we were really shocked when they said they had found a pellet.

“He is absolutely fine now but we will be keeping a close eye on him to make sure it doesn’t cause him any problems.

“He is such a lovely boy and is a great family cat for my children George and Lottie, who he is very close to. It was really lucky that the pellet didn’t injury him severely.”

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