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@coventrytelegraph Smudge recovers after she was shot in the leg; elderly pet had to endure amputation.

Byline: ANTONIA BANNISTER News Reporter antonia.bannister@trinitymirror.com

VETS were forced to amputate an elderly cat's leg after it was shot with an air rifle.

RSPCA inspectors are now searching for any information on who may have targeted ten-year-old Smudge.

It is believed she was shot near to her home in Stanway Road, in Earlsdon, sometime between 7am and 8am on April 12. When Smudge returned to her owners, they noticed a small wound to her left foreleg.

She was immediately taken to a vet, where an x-ray showed that an air gun pellet had become embedded deep within her skin. Sadly, the bone was completely shattered and had to be amputated after causing the feline immense pain and distress.

RSPCA inspector Louise Marston said: "The pellet had completely I am keen who did deliberately shattered her bone, and as a result she had to have her injured leg amputated.

cat like this is under the Welfare RSPCA Louise "Poor Smudge was in so much pain and very distressed. Sadly she has now lost a leg as a result of someone deliberately targeting her. I am keen to find out who did this as deliberately harming a cat like this is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

find out this as harming a an offence Animal Act. inspector Marston "It angers me that people go to these measures because they don't like cats, or because they don't want cats going in their garden, especially when there are many options of humane catdeterrents available. "With an extreme injury like this, Smudge's attacked was likely to have been in close range."

Every year the RSPCA receives almost 1,000 calls to investigate cases and help hundreds of animals that are the defenseless victims of air gun attacks.

Inspector Marston added: "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. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal.

"We are supporting Cats Protection's call for tighter controls on air weapons. This, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun, and requirements that everyone must receive basic safety training before being allowed to walk out of the shop 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 be up to six months in prison and an unlimited fine if found guilty under the Animal Welfare Act. I am urging anyone who has any information on who did this, or has heard gun noises in the area, to get in touch on 0300 123 8018."

after feline distress. in harming offence I am keen to find out who did this as deliberately harming a cat like this is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act. RSPCA inspector Louise Marston

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