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GUNMAN SHOOTS CATS

PUBLISHED: 12:45 04 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 August 2010

THREE cats belonging to the same owner were shot in the space of a month, prompting an urgent investigation by the RSPCA. Marie Walpole, of Ebbsfleet Walk, Northfleet, revealed they were shot with an air rifle last month. One of them was killed while the

THREE cats belonging to the same owner were shot in the space of a month, prompting an urgent investigation by the RSPCA.

Marie Walpole, of Ebbsfleet Walk, Northfleet, revealed they were shot with an air rifle last month. One of them was killed while the two others suffered serious injuries.

RSPCA Inspector Vikki Dawe said: "We are extremely concerned that someone has been shooting cats in this area. It is an offence and if anyone has any information that will assist us in catching the culprit and prosecuting them then we would like to hear from them."

The first attack happened on August 17. Phoebe, a three-year-old female, had not returned to the house in the morning and when Miss Walpole went looking for her she found her lying on the ground covered in flies. She took her to the vet but the pellet had become lodged by her spine and paralysed her and she had to be put to sleep.

Two days later Brian, a black 18-month-old tom was shot in the back. An X-ray showed that the pellet had torn the muscle and shattered the bone in his back right leg. On August 20 Charlie, a four-year-old tom had to be taken to the vets after being shot. Miss Walpole is now extremely worried for the safety of her six-month-old black and white kitten, Basil, who has been missing since Friday August 15. Several other cats in the area have also been shot. Call the RSPCA on 03001234999.

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