Cat shot in head with air rifle

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A CAT owned by a Newton Mearns couple has been left with a fractured skull after being shot in the head with an air rifle.

Neil (27) and Laura (26) Scott were shocked when they found their beloved pet George in a state of paralysis.

East Renfrewshire police investigating the situation confirmed the cat was shot by an air rifle.

Laura, a primary school teacher, described the experience as “horrible”.

She told The Extra: “We are both absolutely gutted. George is such a timid cat, he even gets frightened when I bring the ironing board out. I cannot understand why somebody would do this.

“It is such a horrible, sick, selfish act and I hope police find the culprit.

“We are supposed to live in a nice area, you would never expect something like this to happen. It has been a horrible experience.”

Inspector Alan Dickson added: “We have done door to door enquiries and have spoken to the cat owner.

“We would urge anybody with absolutely any information to come forward and speak to us.”

The cat dragged itself home on its front legs after the incident and arrived covered in water.

A pellet remains lodged behind the animal’s ear, causing pressure on the brain.

The pet returned home yesterday after several days at the veterinary surgery and is slowly regaining use of its hind legs.

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn thinks something needs to be done.

Yesterday, Mr Flynn told The Extra: “Animals are regularly the target of malicious airgun attacks and this continues to cause the society great concern.

“Cats are the most common target, followed by wildlife.

“This is yet another sickening example of a defenceless animal beinginjured as a result of airgun misuse and goes to highlight the need for a total ban on airguns in Scotland.”

Anyone with information should contact SSPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or the police on 101 as soon as possible.