The RSPCA is appealing for information after two cats from the same household were shot in Market Harborough.
Macky, a two-year-old brown tabby (above), and Simba, a three year-old ginger tabby (below), had only recently started going outside after their owners moved to Hilltop Close just weeks ago.
Their owners, Andy Upperton and Jess Chan, discovered Macky’s injuries - thought to have been caused by an air rifle - on Thursday, October 8.
The following day they found that Simba had been shot too.
The incident has left Macky with severe injuries and he is currently having to wear a leg brace. It is unknown yet whether he will need his leg amputating. Simba has been left with skin wounds.
Mr Upperton, 46, said: “Macky limped into the house, covered in blood and crying with pain. He was taken to the vets, where they did an x-ray - that’s when they discovered he had been shot.
“The pellet has fractured a bone in his leg. We’re doing whatever we can to save his leg. At the moment he has to wear a brace but there is a chance this may not work. If it doesn’t work then he may have to have his leg amputated.
“The day after Macky went to the vets, Jess noticed that Simba had a puncture mark on his skin and we wondered if he’d been in a cat fight. He went to the vets and that’s when we found out he had been shot too. His injuries are not as severe as Macky’s and he has been stitched up, but it is still hard to see him in this way.
“We are shocked that this has happened. Our little fellow Macky especially is in a bad way and it is heart-breaking. We rescued the cats from Spain and they have become like our children. Just thinking that someone could have deliberately shot our cats is a bitter pill to swallow. We have spoken to our new neighbours about what has happened and they are all really supportive of us. The vets say nothing like this has happened in the area for years.”
RSPCA inspector Clint Davies said: “This is an awful incident which will have distressed Macky and Simba greatly, as well as their owners. We do not know for sure how this happened, however there are two cats who have suffered - one with serious injuries - and we want to make sure that no other animal has to go through this again.
“We urge anyone who has any information at all on this incident to contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.