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RSPCA warning after 'spate of cat shootings'

Sandy having recovered from shooting. Credit: RSPCA

A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Ferndown, Dorset, leaving the pellet lodged in his jaw muscles just behind his eye.

The RSPCA say they are hunting the person responsible for the shooting. Sandy, a one year-old cat, was found last week by his owners with the bullet wound.

They rushed him to the emergency vets where he underwent treatment. He is now making a good recovery.

However, the RSPCA warns that there has been a spate of shootings in the area and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

RSPCA Insp Graham Hammond said: "Since the owner reported this incident, we have learned that there have been a number of similar incidents in the local area – so we are asking people to be vigilant.

“This cat appears to have been shot deliberately and could have been killed."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 1238018.

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Omar Sharif relaxing at home in Whitney Credit: Dawn and Railton Elliott

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Omar Sharif enjoys a belly rub
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Cat dies after being shot four times

X-ray of Charlie Credit: Kent Police

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.

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Claims boy put cat in microwave

An investigation is underway following reports that an eight-year-old boy put his neighbour’s cat into a microwave.

The cat's owner, who lives in Rochester in Kent, claims he heard the microwave being operated and came downstairs to find his neighbour’s young son had put the cat inside.

The cat was taken for treatment and is recovering, although damage caused by the microwave can permanently harm internal organs.

RSPCA inspector Ray Bailey said: “This was an absolutely horrendous incident and all themore shocking because of the alleged involvement of such a young child.”

Because the accused child is under the age of ten, the RSPCA and the police are unable toundertake criminal proceedings against him.

Inspector Bailey has however contacted the Youth Offending Team at Medway Police Stationand Social Services regarding the incident.

Teenagers 'kicked cat to death'

The police and RSPCA in Kent say they want to talk to four youths seen near a house in Tenterden where a 13-year-old cat was attacked while taking a siesta on the drive.

“Buzz Lightyear” was enjoying the evening sun outside his home in Haffenden Road on Monday when it's believed he was assaulted.

The male Birman cat sustained two breaks in his left leg, a breastbone broken in two places, internal bleeding and a bruised jaw.

The vet who examined him said the injuries were consistent with being kicked. Buzz had to be put to sleep because of his injuries.

Buzz’s owner was at home and, hearing a scream, jumped up to see one of the teenagers by his drive.

His neighbour later confirmed that four youths, aged around ten to 13, had been walking down the street at the time.

We need witnesses to what happened and if anyone knows who these youths are could they please call our Information line on 0300 1238018.

"This cat’s long, happy life was clearly ended very brutally and we will treat any information we get in confidence.”

– RSPCA inspector Dave Grant

Man found not guilty of cat cruelty charge

A man has been found not guilty to swinging a cat by its tail in a street in Ramsgate.

Riain Richards, 20, of Clements Road, Ramsgate, was charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a cat in La Belle Alliance Square, Ramsgate, on October 29 last year.

CCTV footage released by the RSPCA showed the animal's attacker seemingly dancing down a road with the black cat at arm's length in scenes of abuse that last for more than 30 seconds.

Cat case adjourned

The case of a Kent man accused of swinging a cat by its tail in the street has been adjourned at Canterbury Magistrates Court.

Riain Richards, 20, from Ramsgate, is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

CCTV footage released by the RSPCA showed the animal's attacker apparently dancing down a road in Ramsgate with the black cat at arm's length in scenes of abuse that last for more than 30 seconds.

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