The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has appealed for information after reports of two cats suffering serious injuries after being shot with an air gun in the local area.
The animals were shot on the 11th and 12th of February, returning home with serious injuries.
Seven month old Chester, who lives in the Clee Road area of West Heath, was shot in the head. He was cared for by Your Vets in Wythall, who were unable to save his left eye due to the damage caused. The pellet remains in Chester's head as X-rays show.
Owner Claire launched an appeal for information on social media, saying: “Please be vigilant with your cats as there is clearly someone out to get them… we just want this evil person to be caught.”
A second cat returned home to Bittell Close in Longbridge on Thursday 12th February after being shot several times in the hind quarters. Vets at PDSA in Quinton treated Sarah's cat Rambo for multiple pellet shots which shattered his back legs, with one of the pellets being unable to be removed.
Today the RSPCA confirmed that both cases had been reported to them and that they were investigating the incidents.
A spokeswoman for the organisation said: “It must be very upsetting for the owners of these cats to find their pets have been harmed in this way. Our inspectors are investigating the matter and we would urge anyone in the area who may have information about these incidents to contact us as soon as possible.”
She added: “It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing such horrific injuries to defenceless animals. These are deliberate acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit such an atrocious offence.”
The spokeswoman also pointed out that, under the Animal Welfare Act, the penalties faced if found guilty of deliberately using an air gun to injure an animal can be up to six months in prison and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
If you suspect your pet has been targeted or if you have any information on these incidents, please contact the RSPCA's 24 hour animal cruelty line as soon as possible on 0300 1234 999
Alternatively, you can report animal cruelty online.