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    Two Cats Shot In Airgun Attack

    NewsAnimal CrueltyFriday 24 February 2012
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    Cruel thugs are being hunted after two cats were badly injured in an airgun attack in Bellshill.
    The first shooting, of a family pet named Cookie, is believed to have taken place in or around the Langside Avenue area of the town on the afternoon of Monday, February 13.
     
    Just three days later, on Thursday, February 16, another cat, named Snowball, was found with a shot wound in its cheek.
     
    The stray white feline, that is regularly fed by the same family who own Cookie, was also shot in or around Langside Avenue.
     
    Helen Connelly, the owner of Cookie the kitten, said: “As a result of this mindless attack, our nine month old kitten will now have to be sedated so vets can try to remove the pellet from its brain.
     
    “Our whole family is devastated by this – why would anyone harm, or worse try and kill a poor defenceless animal?
     
    “My other worry is, of course, that someone is running around with an airgun in the area taking pot shots at anything. I mean shooting an animal is bad enough as it is but what if it’s a child next?”
     
    Police in Bellshill say they are extremely anxious to find those responsible for the attack.
    Inspector Hurry at Bellshill Police said: “We are investigating a report of a family pet cat being injured as a result of being shot in the face with an air weapon.
     
    “A further incident of a stray cat being injured was also reported to the police by Cookie’s owners and it appears this cat may also have been injured by an air pellet.
     
    “The SSPCA are currently working with Cookie’s owner to catch the stray cat to have it treated by a vet.
    “These are cruel and dangerous actions by the person responsible firing a weapon of this type in a public place. I am horrified that anyone would injure any animal in this way and we are keen to identify the individual who may be responsible.
     
    “I would urge local people to think back to last Monday night and also Thursday when the second cat was injured and to contact the police if you have seen anything suspicious in Langside Avenue or surrounding streets.
     
    “I would also ask anyone who may hold information in relation to who may be responsible to come forward and assist the police.
     
    “Contact can be made direct at Bellshill police office in person or by calling 01698 202400 or call Crimestoppers free on 0800 555 111.”

    Source: Hamilton Advertiser

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