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20 March 2015, 06:00
Two cats have been shot in Suffolk in the space of four days.
On Wednesday night, (18th March) a cat was found outside a property in Chare Road in Stanton with gunshot wounds, while another cat was shot with an airweapon in Bury St Edmunds sometime overnight between Sunday (15th) and Monday (16th March).
Police don't believe the incidents are linked.
The people who found the cat in Stanton called an on-call vet and then took it to a local surgery. It was found to have two bullet wounds, which are believed to have been caused by a .22 rifle.
The cat has since had five hours of surgery and is now in a 24 hour care facility. Its owners have been identified and it turns out the cat had been missing since November from its home in a Mid Suffolk village several miles away.
The witnesses reported seeing a pick-up style vehicle and hearing shots fired in the area between 8.45pm and 9.15pm.
Officers want to hear from anyone else who was in the area on Wednesday night who may have seen any suspicious people or vehicles, or has any information in relation to what happened.
Calls should be made to PC Andre De Jongh at Ixworth Police Station on 101 quoting reference BR/15/244, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The owner of the cat, who was shot in Bury, lives in Lydgate Close and found that their pet had a wound to its head consistent with an air pellet.
Officers say they want to hear from anyone who may information about this incident also. Calls should be made to the Bury East/West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting reference BU/15/782.