Cold blooded cat killers strike in Reddingmuirhead

An x-ray of Claud the cat who was shot in cold blood seven times in the head
An x-ray of Claud the cat who was shot in cold blood seven times in the head
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Callous thugs shot two cats, leaving one to die from his injuries.

The 13-year-old pet had been hit SEVEN times in the head with airgun pellets.

Animal charity workers are now appealing for information to track down whoever carried out the horrific attack on July 13.

The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is also calling for a total ban on the use of airguns.

The cat, named Claud, was also shot in one of its front paws.

Despite its terrible injuries, it managed to make its way back home to the Reddingmuirhead area, but later died.

A post-mortem revealed the full extent of the shooting.

It followed an incident on June 25 when an injured cat was rushed to a vet where it was discovered it had been shot in the back leg with an airgun.

The pet is now recovering with its owner in Binniehill Road, Slamannan.

SSPCA Inspector Leanne McPake said: “These were deliberate and malicious attacks on defenceless family pets which demonstrate why we support a total ban on the use of airguns in Scotland.”

She revealed that it was likely whoever attacked Claud must have kept him capture to be able to shoot him seven times without the cat running away.

The inspector added: “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for both cats and they would certainly have been in a great deal of pain.

“It’s extremely worrying that two similar incidents have occurred in the area in such a short period of time and we can’t rule out the possibility these attacks are linked.

Urging anyone with information to come forward, she warned that shooting an animal is a serious offence and anyone convicted could face prison and a fine of up to £20,000.

A spokesman for Central Scotland Police said neither of these incidents had been reported to the force.

However, he said that officers were looking into two other attacks on pet cats in the Braes area.

He said: “We are investigating two incidents. The first occurred in the Slamannan are on June 23 and the other took place in the Brightons area on May 17. Both cats survived.

“These incidents do not appear to be linked and our inquiries are continuing.”

Airgun pellets can cause serious internal injuries to animals.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.