Police in St Edmundsbury are appealing for witnesses after two cats were shot in the district this week.
On Wednesday, March 18, a cat was discovered outside a property in Chare Road in Stanton with gunshot wounds at around 10.40pm.
The witnesses contacted an on-call vet and then transported the cat to a local surgery, where it was found to have sustained two bullet wounds, believed to have been caused by a .22 rifle.
The cat underwent two operations but sadly died on Sunday.
The cat’s owners have been identified and it transpires the cat had been missing since November from its home in a Mid Suffolk village several miles away.
The witnesses in Stanton reported seeing a pick-up style vehicle and hearing shots fired in the area between 8.45pm and 9.15pm last night.
Officers would like to hear from anyone else who was in the area last night who may have witnessed any suspicious people or vehicles, or who has any information in relation to this incident.
Calls should be made to Pc Andre De Jongh at Ixworth Police Station on 101 quoting reference BR/15/244, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In another incident, which is not believed to be connected, a cat in Bury St Edmunds was shot with an air weapon at some time overnight between Sunday, March 15, and Monday, March 16.
The cat’s owner lives in Lydgate Close and found that their pet had a wound to its head consistent with an air pellet.
Officers would also like to hear from anyone who may information about this incident. Calls should be made to the Bury East/West Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting reference BU/15/782.