A pet cat has been left injured after being shot at with an air rifle.
Baillie, a one-year-old moggie, suffered bruising to his kidney and the pellet was lodged in his thigh following the attack.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information on the incident, which was discovered when the cat returned to his home in Windsor Gardens, Falkirk on Thursday, July 3.
Scottish SPCA Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said: “Baillie is very lucky to have escaped from this incident relatively unscathed and we are extremely keen to identify the person responsible for carrying out this malicious act.
CS Flynn added: “It is hugely concerning that there has been yet another airgun attack in Scotland. This is the fourth incident we have been made aware of in recent months. In June, two cats were injured after being shot in the head, while at the end of April a cat tragically died from his injuries after being targeted.”
The animal welfare charity is welcoming Scottish Government plans to implement an airgun licensing scheme, which would see only people with legitimate reason able to own them.
Anyone with information on the airgun attack in Falkirk is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or Police Scotland on 101.