Police probe Brodick cat shooting

Rocky is recovering after being shot by someone with an airgun.

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Police enquiries are ongoing after a cat was shot and injured by an airgun in Brodick on Sunday.

The following night two shots were reported to have been heard in the  Brathwic/Hillview area but there were no further reports regarding any injured animals.

The injured cat, called Rocky, belonged to Gemma Ferguson, who works at Arran Vets. She told the Banner: ‘We are very upset about our cat Rocky being shot with an air rifle. Regardless to what the cat may have been doing, shooting a firearm to cause pain and suffering is not right. I am nervous about letting my other cat out during the day on case this happens to her. I want whoever did this to be identified so this doesn’t happen to another animal, or worse, a child.

‘He was lucky to get shot in the leg rather than the head or chest.  He is in a lot of pain and needs to stay indoors until his leg has mended which could take six weeks – not easy for a cat that is very much an outdoor cat!  But it’s only for a short time and he should make a full recovery.

The x-ray showing where Rocky was shot – his metacarpal bone in his left leg was fractured in the attack.

‘I took him to see the vet straight away where he was x-rayed to check that he hadn’t been shot anywhere else. The pellet that I removed had hit and fractured his metacarpal bone in his left leg. He was stitched up and is now in a bandage.’

Arran sergeant Dougie Robertson said: ‘Police were contacted on the evening of Sunday May 17 by a member of the public in Brodick who reported that their cat had been struck and injured apparently by an air weapon pellet. Enquiries were conducted, however, it could not be established where the animal had been when it was injured.

‘Following this incident, on the evening of Monday May 18, a call was received from a concerned member of the public again in the Brodick area reporting that they had heard what they believed to be two shots possibly being discharged from an air weapon or BB gun. Again enquiries were conducted, however the source of the sounds heard could not be identified and no further reports were received regarding any injured animals.

‘Clearly anyone who wilfully injures an animal or causes an animal unnecessary suffering commits an offence and the circumstances of such an act will be fully investigated with a view to identifying and prosecuting the offender. Anyone who can provide the police with information regarding the matter should contact the police on 101 or alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’

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