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Appeal after one-year-old cat shot twice with airgun

Mabel was kept stable and given pain relief Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a one-year-old cat was shot twice with an airgun in Ipswich.

Mabel was found by her owner laying motionless behind some bins, in the Shackleton Road area on Sunday 9 July.

Mabel was taken to the vets for an x-ray, where it was revealed she had been shot on the side of her abdomen and near her hind leg.

Vets operated on her and removed the two pellets.

Number of airgun incidents between January and June 2017

Mabel is really lucky that the pellet missed going in all her main organs, but she has still been through such a horrendous ordeal.

I was horrified when I discovered she had been shot, especially in the area where we live where there are lots of animals and children always out playing.

I just cannot believe that someone would be so cruel to someone’s pet.

– Rebecca Garner, Mabel's owner
Mabel was shot by her hind leg and on the side of her abdomen Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Inspector Jason Finch who is investigating the incident said: “I am extremely concerned to learn that Mabel has been shot.

“This is a deliberate acts of cruelty and I am certain that whoever has done this is purposefully trying to inflict pain and suffering upon this poor cat."

The charity is calling for stricter regulations around the use of airguns, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun, and requirements that everyone must receive basic safety training before being allowed to buy one.