A Corby woman has spoken of her shock after her cat was left needing a leg amputation when it was shot with an airgun.
Rhona Dickie’s cat Willow was found with a wound on her leg at her home in Sturminster Way at about 4pm on Friday, September 25.
At first she thought the three-month-old had fallen from a tree, but says after taking her to the vet it was clear this was not the case.
She said: “Willow was limping and we thought she’d just fallen, but the vet came through and showed us the pellet they had dislodged from her leg.
“It must have been from quite close range because the pellet shattered the bones in her leg so badly it needed to have an amputation.
“The fact that it’s close range shows it wasn’t an accident.
“My two daughters and I are shocked and disgusted that someone could do this, it’s cowardly.
“I’d urge any parents of children that may have a pellet gun to come forward because this can’t happen again.”
RSPCA inspector Clint Davies said: “This is a horrific incident and one which would have left Willow in great pain and in a lot of distress.
“However it happened, there is a cat who is suffering greatly from very serious injuries and we want to make sure that no other animal goes through this again.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1238018.
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.