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Devastated owners appeal after pet cat killed with air rifle in 'brutal act of cruelty'

A cat has had to be put to sleep after suffering "horrendous" injuries after being shot with a rifle.

Duchy injured outside his own garden in Heswall, Merseyside.

He was rushed to a specialist vet, but Duchy's injuries were so severe that he had to be put to sleep.

Duchy's injuries was so bad a vet had to put him to sleep. Credit: RSPCA

Duchy's owners had him for five years and say they're devastated to lose him.

Mrs Edmondson said "I can’t tell you how much pleasure he brought me. He was gorgeous and loved to follow me around the house but would also enjoy going in the garden and exploring nearby."

He was in terrible pain from his injuries. He was wailing, it was awful to see him suffer so much

– Duchy's owner

The RSPCA is investigating and urging anyone with information to contact them.

It's thought Duchy was shot with a modified rifle. Credit: RSPCA

Based on these injuries and the laser light the neighbour saw it is believed the gun used was a probably an air rifle which had been modified to be high-powered.

Residents in the street are now obviously worried for their pets and also for their own safety following this incident which has also been reported to the police.

– RSPCA Inspector Anthony Joynes