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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 August 2007, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Shot cat had been targeted before
Peaches the cat
Peaches is recovering well following the incident
Vets treating a cat for an air pellet wound have discovered the animal had been shot at least three different times in the last few years.

The cat's owner, who asked not to be named, took Peaches to be examined after finding a hole in his lower back.

An X-ray of the wound showed two other pellets in its body unrelated to the incident or a previous attack in 2004.

His owner from Taunton, Somerset, said: "I don't know how some one can do this even once. It's horrendous."

Peaches is extremely lucky to be alive
Inspector Jo Daniel, RSPCA

The RSPCA said it was "extremely worrying".

"Peaches is extremely lucky to be alive, as air rifles are often responsible for killing and maiming animals, and it appears he has been shot on several occasions," RSPCA Inspector Jo Daniel said.

"I would urge anyone with information about who is responsible for these cowardly attacks to get in contact with the RSPCA so we can prevent any more animals from suffering."

Peaches is now recovering well from the latest incident but the two air gun pellets from a previous unknown shooting cannot be removed from his body as they are too close to his spine.

The incident has been reported to the police.

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