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Cats killed and injured in Sunderland

21 Sep 2017 13:20 PM

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Northumbria Police is aware of concerns raised on social media about cats being killed in Sunderland.
In the early hours of Sunday, September 10, a cat was kicked to death in Caldew Court in Houghton. A man was seen kicking and stamping on the cat, which sadly died. 
A second report was received on Saturday, September 16, that a cat had been injured after being shot by an air rifle in Grindon Park. The incident happened between 1pm and 3.30pm on Thursday, September 14.
Yesterday (Wednesday, September 20) police were informed a cat had been shot and killed by an air rifle in Belstone Court. The incident was report to police at 5.20pm. 
Police are also looking into concerns about cats going missing and possibly being injured in the west of the city, although there are no details about specific incidents.
Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: "We know that cat owners will find these incidents incredibly distressing and I would like to reassure them we are working with the RSPCA and doing all we can to identify those responsible and will take appropriate action against anyone who unlawfully injures or kills and animal. 
"We're keeping an open mind as to whether these incidents are linked or an awful coincidence and would ask anyone who has information that can help with our enquiries to get in contact."

An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We have received reports of a cat being kicked to death in Houghton and another cat shot by an air gun in Grindon Park over the last few weeks.

“These are horrible acts of cruelty and the RSPCA has been working with police on their investigation.

“It is a depressing fact that every year hundreds of victims of airgun attacks are reported to the RSPCA. While wild animals are often victims, the most targeted animal is domestic cats that often suffer fatal or life-changing injuries.

“It often leaves the victim with life-changing injuries, such as the lost of an eye, or even requiring the amputation of a limb. In some tragic instances, the injuries even prove fatal.

“It is difficult to understand how anyone could carry out these mindless attacks on innocent animals and we are backing calls for stricter regulations around owning an airgun. This, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun, and requirements that everyone must receive basic safety training before being allowed to walk out of the shop could help relieve the problem.” 

Any witnesses or anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 or alternatively ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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