A Partridge Green cat has been the target of a ‘cruel’ and ‘unnecessary’ shooting.
Black and white moggy Charlie had to be rushed to the vets on Friday March 21 after he came home with injuries to his leg.
He had wandered from his home in Little Oak early afternoon, and returned with the injuries around 6pm.
The vet found a pellet in his leg and operated on him.
Luckily Charlie is expected to make a full recovery, but has to undergo extensive surgery and be cage-bound for six weeks for his recuperation.
Owner Monika Kalochoritis said: “I just cannot understand why anyone would want to shoot an animal in this way. It is heartless, and makes me feel very nervous that there is someone out there with a gun behaving that way.
“We are lucky that Charlie is going to survive, but it is going to take quite a while for him to recover properly. The poor thing is suffering a great deal locked up in his cage like that and has been in a great deal of pain.”
RSPCA inspector Melissa Brett said: “We urge anyone with any information about how this poor cat came to be shot to come forward and let us know. It is just so cruel, and so unnecessary to attack an innocent animal in this way.
“Sadly, cats and wildlife are often the target of gun attacks, 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. These attacks are often deliberate by people who just don’t care about hurting animals or deliberately targeting animals to keep them away from gardens.
“Whoever carries out these attacks needs to understand that they are illegal and you face up to six months in prison if caught.”
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