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RSPCA appeal after cat dies from airgun injury in Northampton

The nine-year cat - named Adam - had been with the family since he was nine months old. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was fatally shot with an airgun in Northampton.

The owners of the nine-year-old cat named Adam, had noticed he seemed unwell when he arrived home last month.

They took him to a local vet where he had treatment and an x-ray revealed he had a pellet lodged in his body.

Adam continued to deteriorate and suffered a heart attack during surgery and never recovered.

His owners have since handed out 100 leaflets in the surrounding area to try and raise awareness of what happened to Adam and warn other pet owners.

“Adam’s owners have done a great job in the local area raising awareness of this but the fact is that they should never have been put in this position in the first place. Adam suffered greatly in the last week of his life and he leaves behind a family who now have to come to terms with his loss."

– RSPCA inspector Sally Kearns
Adam Credit: RSPCA

“Using a gun such as an air gun can cause horrific pain and in this case death - it is also illegal and anyone deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can face up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act."

– RSPCA inspector Sally Kearns
  • Anyone with information with what happened to Adam is urged to contact the RSPCA inspectorate Appeal Line in confidence on 0300 1238018.