Appeal to find cat attackers after pet shot in Willenhall

A cat was left seriously injured when it was shot with an air gun in the Black Country.

Molly the cat's ear injury
Molly the cat's ear injury

The round ball ammunition shot from the gun ended up lodged in Molly the cat's neck after she was shot in Short Heath, Willenhall, the RSPCA said.

Molly's owner returned from work to her home near Stroud Avenue to find her pet very still, but screaming in pain when touched after the incident on April 16.

There was a large lump on her ear and vets found that the cat had been shot through the ear with an air rifle, before the ball that had been fired lodged in her neck.

There are no CCTV cameras in the area and RSPCA officers have now appealed to the local community to come forward with any information which could help track down the perpetrators.

The round ball which lodged in Molly's neck after hitting her ear

Meanwhile eight-year-old Molly is doing well and continues to recover after surgery.

RSPCA inspector Claire Davey said: "Thankfully, Molly is okay – but she was left with really nasty injuries to her ear and neck, and clearly things could have been even worse.

"We currently have no leads regarding a possible perpetrator – but know that someone did this to Molly on April 16, on a street off of Stroud Avenue in Willenhall.

"The RSPCA really hopes that someone might be able to help us with our enquiries. Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018 and we would urge anyone with information to get in touch.

"Sadly, this incident reminds us why we need to see tougher regulation concerning air weapons. The RSPCA supports better education, stricter control on use and an explanation of the law to anyone purchasing an air weapon.

"As England emerges out of lockdown and with everything communities have done to rally around one another, it really beggars belief to think someone has been taking shots at an innocent cat like this."

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the RSPCA's inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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