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Investigation after cat shot by airgun twice in one week

Patch was shot in the back leg while climbing a tree. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is investigating after a cat was shot twice in one week with an airgun.

Two-year-old Patch was shot in the back leg while he was climbing up a tree in a neighbours’ garden in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, on 12 September.

An x-ray later revealed the he had another pellet in his stomach, which vets believe had been there for about a week.

Both pellets were removed, but Patch was left with a broken back leg from the impact of the shot. He is now recovering.

Both pellets have been removed and Patch is now recovering. Credit: RSPCA

Patch's owner, Sue Holmes, said it was was "devastating" to see him in so much pain, and "frustrating" not knowing exactly what happened to him.

This is the first time anything like this has happened in our area and there’s lots of cats that live around here.

We found him cowering under our garden furniture and covered in blood.

We took him straight to the vets who found that there were two pellets, one in his stomach and one in his back leg which broke his femur.

The one in his stomach appeared to have been there longer, for about a week or so.

It hadn’t damaged any vital organs and Patch had just been going about his business with this inside.

This is very worrying that he was actually targeted twice in a week.

– Sue Holmes, Patch's owner
Patch required stitches after his shooting. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond, who is investigating, said:

We know this happened during a short time frame as a neighbour had spotted Patch up the tree in their garden that morning and took a picture of him.

The neighbour knew nothing about the attack which suggests it happened shortly after the picture was taken.

It was only about ten minutes later when his owner Sue found him with his injuries.

Poor Patch could have been killed. Not only is this a brutal act of cruelty against a much-loved pet but it is also against the law.

That is why we are taking this very seriously and would like anyone with information to come forward.

– Susan Hammond, RSPCA inspector