Pontyclun cat pellet iiAn RSPCA appeal has been launched after a Pontyclun cat lost his leg after being shot by a pellet gun.

The animal welfare charity was alerted after the black domestic cat – named Maunzi – returned to his home on Bridgend Road with a pellet in his leg.

Maunzi was taken to a local veterinary practice, where the pellet was removed. The cat’s leg later had to be amputated due to the extent of the injuries.

The initial incident took place on Saturday 12 January.

In 2017 alone, the RSPCA took 70 calls related to air gun attacks in Wales – and the RSPCA wants to see legislative change so air gun owners and users are required to hold a licence.

RSPCA Cymru is now urging the local community to get in touch if they have any knowledge as to how, or by whom, the cat was shot.

Gemma Cooper, RSPCA inspector, said: “Our thoughts are with Maunzi  and his owner at his time of recovery. We’re so relieved to hear he has survived this shooting – though sadly his leg had to be amputated.

“This would have been a hugely painful experience for Maunzi. While we don’t know the exact circumstances behind the attack, it beggars belief why anybody would deem it acceptable to take a shot at a defenceless cat.

“We’re urging anyone with information in the Pontyclun area to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

“Shockingly, we see dozens of incidents like this reported to us each year. That’s why the RSPCA want to see air gun owners and users licensed to help prevent such irresponsible, reckless behaviour.”

If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru investigate cat shootings such as this, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and relies on public donations.