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Cat shot dead by air rifle in Bournemouth

A cat has been shot dead by an air rifle in Bournemouth - and a £1000 reward has been put forward.

The cat was shot at between 11am and 7pm on Friday 5th December in the Southbourne area of the town.

The cat was hit by a pellet from an air rifle Credit: Dorset Police

The cat sustained serious injuries to its abdomen and sadly died despite an operation carried out by a vet.

This was a very upsetting experience for the family who have lost their treasured pet just before Christmas.

A kind member of the public is now offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."

– Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police

One-eyed kitten ready for new home

Munchkin has one eye Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA in Buckinghamshire is searching for a new home for a one-eyes kitten called Munchkin.

Munchkin came to the RSPCA in July 2014 as one of four three-week-old kittens. Their mum, Lucy, also came into the care of the charity, but one of her kittens sadly died before the RSPCA was contacted.

Munchkin, now five months old, was smaller than his two sisters and always wanted feeding. All of the cats had fleas and Munchkin was also missing a left eye.

The RSPCA said: "Munchkin’s surgery was carried on on 16 October. It was highly risky but the plucky kitten got stronger afterwards and put on weight. His recovery continued and we are now looking for a new home for him."

RSPCA warning over 'dumping pets like rubbish'

We're supposed to be a nation of animal-lovers - but the RSPCA has today warned that more people than ever are dumping pets "like rubbish".

In Kent the RSPCA dealt with 970 cases since January. In Essex there were 867 cases, in East Sussex 456 cases, and in West Sussex there were 302.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been to see one dog in Kent that was found dumped in a drugs den.


Cats abandoned in lay-by

The RSPCA is appealing for information about three cats dumped in a lay-by in a sealed recycling box in Essex.

A black and white male, ginger and white female and tortoiseshell female were all found crammed inside the red box with black lid on the morning of Thursday 9 October, just off the A120 near Harwich.

One small cut had been made on the top of the box, but it was thoroughly sealed with duct tape. The cats were in good health, but in a high state of distress.

The cats have now been taken into RSPCA care and are making a good recovery. They have been named Wallis, Mia and Sandy.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Elmy said: “To dump live animals like this is heartless - anything could have happened to them.

“Thank goodness these cats were found when they were. It was so hot and humid inside that box, regardless of the tiny slit on the top, they could not have survived inside there for very long.

“It must have been absolutely terrifying for them - especially so near such a busy and loud main road.

“We urge anyone with any information about how they came to be dumped like this to contact us on 0300 1234 999.”

Essex was yesterday announced as the ninth county on a national league table of abandonments, with 867 reports of abandoned animals so far this year. RSPCA staff and volunteers have seen an alarming increase in animals being abandoned across the South East, with over 2,136 animals abandoned in Greater London alone since 1 January and 970 in Kent. The charity says it expects the situation to get worse over the winter months.

Cat put to sleep after being shot in the head in Surrey

The RSPCA are appealing for information after a cat was shot in the head in Surrey.

A member of the public found the cat staggering around The Greenway in Epsom, with blood coming out from its ear last Thursday.

The tabby and white male cat was taken to the vets, where it was sadly decided to put the cat to sleep as the damage was too severe.

The cat was also not micro chipped, therefore the owners have not been contacted to let them know what has happened.

RSPCA inspector Maxine Jones said, "This poor cat had clearly been targeted in this callous attack. He would have suffered a great deal and sadly could not be saved.

"Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999."

Cats dumped on doorstep in a taped cardboard box

The RSPCA is appealing for information after two young cats were found in a taped-shut cardboard box on a doorstep in Bournemouth.

The cats, who have been named Rambo and Arnold by RSPCA staff, were found at about 4pm on Sunday 26 January.

Rambo and Arnold are now safe are being dumped on a doorstep Credit: RSPCA

The black and white males were found by a lady on her doorstep in Ripon Road. They were in an Amazon box which also contained a cushion and a few dry biscuits. A brick had been placed on top of the box.

RSPCA animal welfare officer Sue Brooks said: “We think the cats are aged between six and 12 months old and they are in good condition, although they haven’t been neutered. They weren’t microchipped and there was nothing to identify them.

Enquiries in the area haven’t resulted in finding anyone who saw anything suspicious or who knows where the cats came from so we desperately need to hear from anyone with information.”

Cats: The Musical comes to Oxford

ITV Meridian goes backstage at the performance of musical performance of Cats. Thirty two years after it was first performed, one of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the hit show is ready to entertain audiences in the Thames Valley.

Some interesting facts about the Cats musical:

The original production opened at the New London Theatre, in the West End on 11 May 1981.

-Eight years later it celebrated its first important milestone: after 3,358 performances, Cats became the longest running musical in the history of the British theatre.

-Cats has been translated into ten languages: Japanese, German, (three versions for Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Hungarian, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, French, Spanish (two versions for Mexico and Argentina) and Italian.

-The Swiss production required a bilingual cast who performed in German and English on alternate nights.

-Memory has been recorded by a variety of more than 150 artists ranging from Barbra Streisand and Johnny Mathis to Liberace. Barry Manilow’s rendetition was a top-40 hit in the US.

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