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    Cat put down after being shot 16 times with air-gun

    NewsAnimal CrueltyWednesday 03 July 2013
    A cat in Weston-super-Mare, has died after being shot 16 times with an air gun. The poor creature was a family pet, and it had to be put to sleep by vets after the horrific attack. 
    The Avon and Somerset police have only recently revealed the details of the incident as they are looking for the culprit. 
    The male ginger tabby cat was in her garden at Albert Road, Weston-super-Mare, on the morning of 6th May 2013. Her owner was also in the garden, at 9.15am, when she saw the cat fall off the wall of her property and scream in pain. 
    She was lying on the ground unable to move from her injuries. 
    The owner then rushed the cat to the vets where it was discovered that the animal had 16 air-gun pellets in its body. The animal subsequently had to be put to sleep due to the severity of its injuries. 
    Local police are now appealing for any members of the public with information to come forward, in an attempt to track down those responsible. 
    PC Stephen Hanlon spoke to about the incident. 
    “This is a despicable crime in which someone has targeted this defenceless animal and injured it, resulting in its death,” he said. 
    “This has caused great distress to the owner. I would like to speak to anyone who has information or who committed the crime."
    Anyone who can help should call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 43226/13, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 55511.
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