Police are appealing for information after a family’s pet cat was shot with an air rifle - and had to be put down.
Charlie, the ginger tom, was shot somewhere in the Callard Close and Mickleburgh Avenue area of Herne Bay in Kent at some time between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon last week.
The cat was taken to a local vet who confirmed that Charlie had a broken leg, and an x-ray revealed he had been shot four times.
PC Alan Porter said: "This was a cruel and unnecessary attack on a pet cat, causing significant upset for his family.
"Given the number of wounds it would appear that whoever did this purposely fired at Charlie using him as a target.
"I urgently need to speak to this person and would ask anyone with information that will help me identify them to get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Alan Porter on 101 quoting crime reference ZY/25026/12.
Alternatively if you have information but would prefer to remain anonymous call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.