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A cat's recovering after being shot with an air rifle in Ferndown - the pellet was left lodged in his jaw muscles just behind his eye.
The RSPCA says it's hunting for the person responsible for this "cruel and callous act".
Sandy, a one year-old cat, was found last week by his owner with a bullet wound just above his eye. They rushed him to the
emergency vets where he underwent treatment and is now making a good recovery.
The RSPCA's warning that there has been a spate of shootings in the area and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
“Since the owner reported this incident to the police and RSPCA, we have learned that there have been a number of similar
incidents in the local area – so we are asking people to be vigilant,” said RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond.
“This cat appears to have been shot deliberately and could have been killed. Sandy has undoubtedly suffered and this has been very traumatic for his owner too,” he added.
The charity says anyone found shooting cats with air rifles will be prosecuted and could face stiff penalties.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.