RSPCA appeal for help after Exmouth cat shot in head with air rifle

PUBLISHED: 11:32 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot with an air rifle in Exmouth.

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot with an air rifle in Exmouth.

The RSPCA was alerted to the incident by a local vets, after Cleo, a

15-year-old female black and white domestic short haired cat was discovered in Hill Drive, Exmouth with an air rifle pellet embedded in her neck and another one in the back of her head.

Her injuries were so severe that she had to be put to sleep on veterinary advice to end her suffering.

Cleo's owner, Nicola Perryman, last saw her pet at about 8pm on Saturday October 11 at her home in Summer Lane and has been trying to find her by putting posters through neighbours letterboxes.

The badly injured creature was eventually discovered in a garden in Hill Drive on Tuesday at about 2.15pm.

Ms Perryman rushed her to local vets but she was paralysed and could not be saved.

RSPCA inspector Marije Zwager, who is investigating, said: "It beggars belief why anybody would want to target a defenceless creature in this way and I would urge anyone with information about whoever is responsible to contact the RSPCA so we can ensure no other animals are allowed to suffer."

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999 and leave a message for inspector Zwager.

Calls are treated in strictest confidence.

Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and anyone found guilty could face a maximum of six months in prison and/or £20,000 fine.

It is illegal to have an airgun in any public place 'without reasonable excuse' and is now illegal for anyone under 18-years-old to have an airgun in his or her possession unless on private land, supervised by someone over twenty-one or with the consent of the occupier. It is an offence for anyone of any age to fire an air weapon beyond the boundary of premises. We urge parents to ensure their children are correctly supervised at all times.

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