The RSPCA has appealed for information, after a five year old Bengal cat was shot with an air gun in Corfe Castle, Wareham. On September 1, Indie returned home with severe injuries only an hour after being let out by his owner.
Indy was taken straight to the PDSA in Bournemouth. Vets attempted to save him but the metal air gun pellet had ruptured his bowel and he died four days later.
RSPCA Inspector Graham Hammond said: “This is such an upsetting case and poor Indie would’ve been in a lot of pain from this horrific injury. Sadly it is not the first time he had been shot with an air gun either.
“Unfortunately, air rifle attacks are not as rare as we would like. The injuries caused by such attacks are horrific and often fatal. Cats and wildlife are normally the animals that are more susceptible to these incidents simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them.”
The RSPCA has asked anyone with information on what happened to Indie to contact the RSPCA Inspectorate Appeal Line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.