The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot and killed with an airgun in Kirkcaldy.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted on Tuesday when Casper, a white male cat, was found dead in a wooded area close to his home in Ailsa Grove, Kirkcaldy North.
Scottish SPCA Senior Inspector Steven Gray said: “Casper’s owners became concerned when he didn’t return home on Monday night. The following day his body was discovered in nearby woodland with an obvious puncture wound.
“A post mortem examination revealed that Casper had a pellet in his abdomen which was very likely to be the cause of his death.
“Casper’s owners are understandably distraught as he was a perfectly healthy cat and a very much thought of as a family member.
“Not only was this a very serious and cruel act, it was also an offence which can be punished by a prison sentence and a substantial fine of up to £20,000.
“We would advise other cat owners in the area to be vigilant.”
Mr Gray added: “Anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to use an airgun in this way has no consideration for the welfare of others and should not be in possession of such a weapon.
“This sickening incident only highlights why the Scottish Government should implement the licensing of airguns as a matter of urgency.
“The new licensing regime should ensure that only those with a lawful reason are allowed to possess such a dangerous weapon.
“It will also help the police trace anyone using an airgun irresponsibly.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999 or Police Scotland on 101.