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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.
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