The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot, leaving her with a broken leg.
Lilly, a black and white cat, went missing from her home in Albany Road on 13th June but was found a couple days later near bushes with a broken leg.
When she was taken to the vets, they found she had been shot with a lead pellet air rifle.
Having had an operation on her leg, it is still unclear if she will have to have her leg amputated.
RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said, "Cats and wildlife seem to be the main target of attacks simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them.
"These attacks are often deliberate by people who just don't care about hurting animals."
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