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Cat shot twice in the shoulder in 'horrific' attack

Moushkie was shot in Simon's Wood in Finchampstead Photo: RSPCA

A cat has been shot twice in the shoulder in a 'horrific attack' just minutes away from his house in Wokingham.

Eight month old Moushkie, an Aztec cat, was shot in Simon's Wood in Finchampstead on Saturday 10th June at around 7.40pm.

His owners believed he had broken his leg after he crawled across the garden from the woods nearby.

The pellets had touched a nerve leaving him with no movement in one of his legs.

The RSPCA is now investigating the attack.

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It happened in the woods right behind our house. He was taken to the vets straight away as we thought he had a broken leg. They discovered two 2.5mm pellets which were removed, luckily without sustaining any nerve damage and he has been bandaged up. He’s very cuddly and still quite quiet but I think he’s doing better now.”

– Richard Thomas, Owner

“I was totally shocked. We are happy to help in any way to try and find out who is maliciously injuring helpless cats.”

– Angelina Aturi-Thomas, Owner
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“It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenceless animals. These are deliberate and brutal acts of cruelty."

“Cats and wildlife are normally the animals that are more susceptible to these incidents simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them. Unfortunately, air rifle attacks are not as rare as we would like and the injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal."

"We are supporting Cat’s Protection’s call for tighter controls on air weapons. This, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun could help relieve the problem."

“These weapons cause horrific pain and suffering and it is illegal. Anyone caught deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can get up to six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act.”

– Gabriel, Inspector, RSPCA