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Appeal for woman who found injured cat in Aberdeenshire to contact police

Thursday October 3rd 2019 at 9:49 AM

Police are appealing for a woman who found an injured cat in Aberdeenshire last week to get in touch. 

She came across the male black cat, which had been shot, whilst out walking her dog in Fettercairn last Thursday. 

The animal was taken to the vets for treatment where shotgun pellets were found in its skin and the decision was taken to put the animal down.

Inspector Karen Cooper said, “The male black cat was found by a dog walker on a path west of Fettercairn, close to the cemetery.

“The member of the public who discovered the cat located his owner who immediately took him for veterinary treatment.

“At that time it was unclear what was wrong, however, further investigation revealed he had been injured by shotgun pellets.

“Unfortunately, the cat was too badly wounded and the sad decision was made to put him to sleep.

“We are concerned this was a deliberate attempt to injure, or kill, a cat which is a criminal offence. We are keen to find out what happened.”

Police said they suspect it may have been a deliberate act and are now calling on the woman who found the cat to get in touch to help with their enquiries.

A Police Scotland statement said: “Police are requesting that the female dog walker within Fettercairn, who found the injured cat, that had been shot, make contact with officers at Stonehaven Police Station, or via the 101 number quoting CF024600091, as they may hold vital information to the enquiry.”

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