The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the abdomen with an air gun in Brentwood, Essex.
Pancake was taken to a vet after he was shot sometime on Saturday April 6 between 9.30am and 11.30am, in the area of Kelvedon Green, Kelvedon Hatch
After finding a wound on the side of his body, his worried owners rushed him straight to House and Jackson Veterinary Hospital, where x-rays discovered the pellet had caused damage to his liver, spleen and had perforated his small intestine four times.
Pancake had to have two major operations to remove part of his intestinal tract and also to repair his liver and spleen.
Thankfully after specialist care he is making a good recovery and has now returned back home.
The incident was reported to the police and the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Jess Dayes said: “I am appealing to the public for any information to this incident. I would be keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this, or may know who was responsible. Any information will be treated in confidence.”
Anyone who can help should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018 or the police on 101, quoting crime reference 42/56996/19.
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.
Inspector Dayes added: “It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenceless animals. These are deliberate and brutal acts of cruelty.
“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. Unfortunately, air rifle attacks are not as rare as we would like. 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.
“These weapons cause horrific pain and suffering and it is illegal. Anyone caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can face up to six months in prison and/or an unlimited fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.”
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