Officers in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a cat was shot in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth – with a reward offered by a member of the public.
Dorset Police were called just after 9am on Saturday 6 December 2014 to reports that a cat had been shot with an air rifle.
It is believed the incident happened sometime between 11am and 7pm on Friday 5 December 2014.
An investigation is underway and officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area.
Police Sergeant Matt Chutter, of Bournemouth police, said: “The cat sustained serious injuries to its abdomen and sadly died despite an operation carried out by a vet.
“This was a very upsetting experience for the family who have lost their treasured pet just before Christmas.
“A kind member of the public is now offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
“I am appealing for anyone with information about those responsible for this crime to contact Dorset Police.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 6:127. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.