Family pet cat is shot with air rifle

Rosie the cat.
Rosie the cat.

A 12-year-old girl was shocked to discover that her family’s pet cat had been shot twice in the head with an air rifle.

Police say two-year-old cat Rosie (pictured) was let out from her Whiston home as usual on the morning of Wednesday, December 3.

But when she arrived back that afternoon her owner’s 12-year-old daughter found that she was bleeding and had a number of injuries to her head.

A vet confirmed that the cat had suffered injuries consistent with being shot twice in the head.

Her breathing was restored and she is now recovering from her injuries but, unfortunately, she has lost one of her eyes.

Officers believe Rosie may have been shot while in Stadt Moers Park and inquiries into the incident are now being carried out.

Neighbourhood sergeant Paul Carroll said: “It’s hard to believe that anyone could be so callous as to shoot a cat in the head with an air rifle.

“I would appeal to anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the park recently, including any people using air weapons, to get in touch with us.

“I would also urge anyone who may have heard people talking about this incident, or thinks they know who those responsible are, to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with details can call Prescot police station on 0151 777 6318 or via the non-emergency 101 telephone number.