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Singer's missing cat 'shot dead'

Pet detectives received a tip off that Toots had been shot dead

Pop star Sandi Thom is said to be "devastated" over reports that her missing cat has been shot dead.

The musician launched a hunt for Toots after she disappeared near her mother's home in Edzell, Angus, six weeks ago.

She called in pet detectives Animal Search UK, who have since been tipped off that the cat has been shot and the body disposed of.

Sandi and the group have appealed for anyone with information about where Toots' remains are to come forward.

The pet detectives were tipped off that the animal had been shot by a local person and disposed of along the banks of the West Water in the area.

On her website, the I Wish I was a Punk Rocker singer, who is originally from Aberdeenshire, said: "The police have confirmed it is illegal to shoot a cat.

"However, to enable them to make an arrest we have to find wee Tooty's remains, or this sickening person will get away with it.

"How would this person behave, if someone walked up to his dog and shot it dead?"

Sandi Thom
Sandi Thom has pleaded for information about her cat

Toots had lived with the musician in London but moved to Sandi's mother's home in Edzell.

After she disappeared on 27 February, posters were put up around the village asking for information.

Tom Watkins, the former police officer who set up Animal Search UK, said he is convinced the cat is dead and added that investigations are continuing to trace the alleged killer.

"It is good information we had, it's pretty firm evidence that Toots has been shot.

"Sandi is devastated and has not really been able to think about anything apart from Toots since she found out. She is terribly upset."

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