A CAT may have to be put to sleep after she was shot through the neck with an air weapon.
Owner John Hillman said that when his pet Tabatha returned to his home in Eastfield covered in blood he thought she had been hit by a car.
However, after taking her to the vets, it became clear that the one-and-a-half year old cat had been shot after an x-ray revealed a pellet lodged in her neck.
Mr Hillman has now put up a £100 reward to anyone who provides information which leads to a successful prosecution.
He said: “Her balance is gone and she’s very disorientated. The vet gave her shots to calm her down and antibiotics, but he said if there’s no improvement she will have to be put down.
“She’s an outdoor cat but she can’t move two or three steps without falling over. It’s not nice to see.
“It seems like people are using cats for target practice and it’s not on. It’s wanton cruelty.
“I feel like going out with a .22 air rifle and seeing how they like it, but I won’t.”
Mr Hillman said yesterday that Tabatha made a slight improvement over the weekend but that she is still falling over and her neck remains twisted.
She is due at the vets again this week where she will be assessed once more. The x-ray revealed that part of bone had been shattered following the shooting on Wednesday last week.
After making inquiries on the Eastfield estate, Mr Hillman was told that two other cats from his street alone have been shot within the last two years.