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Appeal after cat shot twice with air rifle in Falkirk

The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot twice with an air rifle in the Falkirk area.

Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted to the incident after the distraught owner visited the vet with his injured cat, where it was confirmed the injury was caused by an air rifle.

The incident happened in the early hours of Monday morning, on Eriskay Court in the Hallglen area.

Scottish SPCA Inspector Robyn Gray said, “Owning an air rifle without a licence has been illegal since December 2016. The Society was a huge supporter of restrictions around air rifle ownership because of incidents like this.

“This incident has been deliberate, calculated, and entirely cruel.

“Poor Oreo, the cat, was targeted on two separate occasions. In the first instance the wound looked like a scratch and the pellet wasn’t visible, it was only when Oreo received the injury to his eye that it became clear this was a deliberate attack.

“Oreo is only two years old and has now lost his left eye due to the thoughtless actions of a thug. We are urging cat owners in the area to be extra vigilant to help prevent any further incidents.

“I would be interested to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident and would encourage them to contact our animal helpline as soon as possible.”

Oreo’s owner, Mr Smith, said, “Our wee cat Oreo has been through the most traumatic of events possible, not to mention the grief, pain and outright anger felt by my family.

“Who does such a cruel callous act to a young defenceless cat going about his own business?

“Oreo has a long and arduous road ahead of him recovering from this life changing injury. With our love and care he should make a good recovery. 

“I’d urge anyone with information to please contact the Scottish SPCA no matter how relevant you think it may be, it could help catch the cruel individual who did this to Oreo.”

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

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