The RSPCA is appealing for the public’s help after a pet was shot with an air rifle in Earlsdon.
Smudge, a ten-year-old cat, was shot sometime between 7am and 8am near her home in Stanway Road on Wednesday 12th April.
Her bone was shattered and she has now had to have an amputation.
“The pellet had completely shattered her bone, and as a result she had to have her injured leg amputated,” said RSPCA inspector Louise Marston.
“Poor Smudge was in so much pain and very distressed. Sadly she has now lost a leg as a result of someone deliberately targeting her.
“I am keen to find out who did this as deliberately harming a cat like this is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.
“It angers me that people go to these measures because they don’t like cats, or because they don’t want cats going in their garden, especially when there are many options of humane cat-deterrents available.
“With an extreme injury like this, Smudge’s attacked was likely to have been in close range.
“I am urging anyone who has any information on who did this, or has heard gun noises in the area, to get in touch on 0300 123 8018.”