Serial cat shooter on the loose in Plymouth
The Police in Plymouth are looking for witnesses after two pet cats both belonging to the same owner had to receive vet treatment when they were both shot with an air rifle.
Louise Martin, the owner of the cats, rang the police after both cats were shot within seven days of each other.
Louise and her husband, Steven, moved to Barne Barton in October with their daughter Samantha and their two cats.
They had moved to Plymouth from Sennelager, in Germany, after Steven finished a six-year posting with his Army unit, 5 Scots.
This incident is not the first time cats living in Dennis Close have been shot with what appears to be an air rifle.
In the time between buying the house in August and moving in in October, Louise’s sister-in-law and her cat were living in the property.
Louise told This is Plymouth: "While we were still in Germany my sister-in-law stayed at the house so it wasn't lying empty.
"Her cat, Tigger, was shot in the back-end and before that the previous tenants of the house said their cat was shot in the head."
It was on January 27 that the first of the Martin family's cats were shot and the more recent one was this Sunday.
Both cats survived and the two incidents have left the family with £500 of vet bills.
Barne Barton neighbourhood PCSO Mark Sowden said: "We had some very similar issues 12 to 18 months ago in the same area and we are concerned that these reports have come into us again.
"We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact us."
To contact the police in relation to these incidents call 101 and quote either ED/13/508 or ED/13/653.