A distraught animal lover today urged people to keep their pets indoors after two cats were shot with an air rifle.
The family pets were found by their owners with horrific injuries and one needed an urgent operation to remove one of its eyes.
Another cat was shot through its bowel and remained at a vets while its owners waited anxiously for news.
Julie Fallows, 54, of Dumfries Close, Bispham, is urging people to keep their pets indoors as she claims youths are targeting defenceless animals with the weapon.
She said: “It’s repulsive and they need to realise the damage they’ve done to defenceless animals is horrible.
“They should go and pick on someone who can fight back.”
Mrs Fallows says her cat Dana, five, was in a field at the back of her home when she was shot, but managed to crawl home where she was found bloodied and wounded.
Mrs Fallows added: “When I came home from work I found her underneath the bed and when I took it to the vets they told me it had been shot.
“People need to keep an eye out for their animals in case they are shot.”
Police have confirmed the Bispham Neighbourhood Policing team is investigating the shocking incident.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “It has been reported to the police and the Neighbourhood Policing Team is looking into this and making inquiries. We don’t know who is responsible but it’s thought to have happened between 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday.”
‘Keep cats indoors to keep them safe’
Pet owners are being urged to keep their cats in during the night while shooting incidents are investigated.
Leanne Plumtree, a spokeswoman for the RSPCA in the North West, said: “Keeping your cats in at night is often a very good idea.
“It’s something we would generally advocate because night time tends to be the time when this type of thing happens.
“Make sure your cat is micro-chipped and neutered because micro-chips will reunite you with them if they go missing and neutered cats tend to roam the streets less and not go as far.”