A young cat was shot dead in a ‘callous and cruel attack’ in Sheffield.
The black and white female cat, thought to be around one year old, was seen walking on scaffolding around a house on Galsworthy Road, Southey Green, when she suddenly fell to the ground. A member of the public called the RSPCA for help.
An X-ray revealed that she had been shot.
RSPCA Inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “The member of the public who called us thought the cat had fallen from scaffolding two-storeys up after slipping on some ice but when we got her to the vets and X-rays showed up the pellet wound we knew he had been shot with an air gun.
“Sadly the pellet had badly damaged the cats spinal column, leaving her paralysed so she was put to sleep under veterinary advice.
“It seems that whilst the cat was walking along the scaffolding of the house on Galsworthy Road in Sheffield somebody has shot her.
“It is heartbreaking as this was a young cat, estimated to be about a year old and was wearing a collar so was obviously somebody’s pet. Sadly we cannot trace the owners as there was no ID on the collar and she had no microchip.
“It was a callous and cruel attack and there is no excuse for this kind of behaviour.
“We would like to remind people that intentionally killing or injuring an animal carries a maximum penalty of six months imprisonment and a £20,000 fine if found guilty.”