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Kirkcaldy airgun attack leaves cats wounded

Injured cats
Brothers Welly and Boots were both injured in the attack

Two young cats have been injured in a "disgusting" airgun attack on a residential street in Fife.

Animal welfare officers said 18-month-old brothers, Welly and Boots, were left bleeding and badly wounded after the incident in Kirkcaldy on Saturday.

Welly has now lost an eye after being hit in the middle of the head while Boots was struck in the shoulder.

It was the second time the animals had been targeted as Boots was hurt by an airgun pellet three months ago.

Owner, Anne Duguid, said she feared a child could end up getting hurt if the attacks continued.

She said: "I'm absolutely disgusted and I'm just feeling freaked out that someone quite close by could be shooting cats.

This was a disgusting act of cruelty towards two young, defenceless cats and we are very keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident
Insp John Chisholm

"I'm quite frightened to let the cats out in case it happens again.

"Both of them are lucky that it wasn't fatal."

The Scottish SPCA is hunting the person behind the attack, which is thought to have happened in the James Grove area on Saturday.

Insp John Chisholm said: "This was a disgusting act of cruelty towards two young, defenceless cats and we are very keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.

"It is not the first time these cats have been targeted.

"Boots suffered an injury to his back leg in September, which turned out to be caused by an airgun pellet, so it would appear that the culprit is still out there and using a firearm in a residential area."

The attack has been reported to Fife Constabulary.

Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence which can result in a year in prison or a heavy fine.



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