Hunt for attacker who shot cat with an air gun in Perry Barr

A cat is recovering after being shot in Perry Barr.

Six-year-old Coco was taken to a vet by her owner on September 22 where an x-ray was confirmed that two air rifle pellets were lodged in her side.

Coco the cat

Coco the cat

The pellets were lodged so deep under her skin that they have been left in place and Coco is now recovering at home – and a hunt for the person responsible for shooting at her is underway.

RSPCA inspector Mike Scargill said: “Thankfully the pellets had missed Coco’s vital organs, so she has had a very lucky escape, but her owner said that she is now nervous of loud noises.

“What has happened to her has clearly frightened her a lot.

“We are appealing for information and urge anyone who can help us find out who did this to call us in complete confidence,”

Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Inspector Scargill added: “It is shocking that someone thinks it is perfectly acceptable to target an innocent animal in this way,” said Inspector Scargill. “Some, like Coco, are very lucky, but others sadly do suffer fatal injuries as a result of this deliberate and brutal act of cruelty.

“We are supporting Cat’s 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.”

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