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Cat was shot and killed by air rifle in Essex

Wilma the tabby cat was shot and killed by an air rifle. Credit: RSPCA.

An animal charity is appealing for information after a cat was shot and killed with an air rifle in Essex.

Wilma, a 10-year-old tabby, was discovered at the Ongar allotments on Friday May 1 at about 9.20am having last been seen by her owner earlier that morning.

A bang, which may have been the weapon, was heard around 8.50am.

"Poor Wilma was shot with a high-velocity air rifle which just missed the heart. It seems likely someone was aiming straight for her.

"Unfortunately this kind of thing is more common than we would like - cats, like wildlife, are more vulnerable to such attacks simply because they are out there in the open, unprotected."

– Adam Jones, RSPCA inspector.


Abandoned dog was tied to bumper of car

The two-year-old dog was found tied to the bumper of a car. Credit: RSPCA.

A neglected dog has been found abandoned and tied to the back of a car in the middle of the night in Cambridgeshire.

RSPCA inspectors said two-year-old Saluki, who has been renamed Louis, was discovered attached by his lead to the bumper of a car parked on the High Street at West Wratting, near Cambridge.

The owner of the vehicle called the charity at about midnight on Tuesday March 17.

The dog was thin, with a lacklustre coat, eat mites and a bad cut to his foot. He had no microchip or tag.

"Not only was this poor dog dumped without any care - but he was left in an incredibly dangerous place in the middle of the night.

"It was so lucky that the car owner managed to spot poor Louis before he drove off."

– Carrie O'Riordan, RSPCA inspector.


RSPCA appeal after bird of prey is shot

Red Kite injured by shotgun pellets Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a rare bird of prey was shot in Wellingborough.

The bird suffered a badly-injured wing and was taken to the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk. It was x-rayed and found to be peppered with shotgun pellets. The bird had to be put down.

X-ray showing Red Kite's shotgun injuries Credit: RSPCA

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act it is an offence to take, injure or kill a Red Kite and punishment can include fines up to £5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to six months.

Red Kite's injured wing Credit: RSPCA
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