Police are urging cat owners to be vigilant after a cat was shot with what is thought to be a pellet gun in Eckington.
The animal was found to be suffering and in pain after returning home to a property on Laurel Close in Eckington.
Upon examination by a vet, three pellets were found inside the animal, with one fracturing the cat’s spine.
The incident is thought to have happened sometime between 4pm on Friday, November 4 and 1pm the following day.
Officers are urging local cat owners to be vigilant and to monitor their pets’ behaviour in case they seem distressed or in pain.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact PCSO James Land from the Eckington Safer Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting crime number 48679/158.
To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.