A much-loved cat has been put to sleep on humane grounds after being shot in York.
Biscuit, an eight-month-old ginger tom cat, was found severely injured in the garden of a neighbour’s house, a few doors from his home on Almsford Road, on Monday night (18 March).
He was rushed to a local vet practice where x-rays showed a metal air rifle pellet lodged in his spine. Paralysed from the hips down and in immense pain, the difficult decision was made to put him to sleep.
Owner Jennifer Kendrew said: “I just can’t believe that someone could do this.
“Biscuit was only eight months old, he was still just a kitten really, and was only just coming into himself.
“He was very much exploring the world, deciding on his favourite spots to sit and things to do. He liked to play, like kittens do, and made us laugh.
“We have lost cats on the road before and that’s awful, but you can understand it. The fact that someone would deliberately hurt Biscuit in this way is unbelievable.”
The RSPCA is appealing for anyone who saw anything, or has any specific information about the person responsible, to get in touch.
RSPCA inspector Thomas Hutton said: “Biscuit was in agony and could barely move when he was discovered so this incident has happened close to the area where he was found.
“This was a deliberate attack on a defenceless pet who suffered a great deal and ultimately lost his life, leaving his owners devastated.
“I am appealing for anyone who knows anything to contact me, and for anyone with CCTV in the area to check it in case that throws up any leads.
“If you think you can help, please call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”
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 like this.
Cats and wildlife are normally the animals that are more susceptible to these incidents simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal.
We are calling 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.
Anyone caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can be sentenced to up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.
To help the RSPCA continue investigating incidents like this please visit our website.