Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Boy arrested after cat killed on the Isle of Wight

A teenager has been arrested after a cat was shot in the stomach and killed on the Isle of Wight.

Police said the cat was found injured in College Way, East Cowes, on the evening of 25 September, having been shot sometime after 1000 BST that day.

A 14-year-old Isle of Wight boy was arrested on 30 September on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

He has been bailed until 28 October pending further inquiries.

Pc Justin Pringle said: "The cat was shot in the abdomen with a pellet from an air rifle and unfortunately died two days later due to internal injuries.

"This is a particularly horrific case that has left a young family devastated at losing a much loved pet."

Any witnesses and anyone with information has been urged to contact Hampshire police.

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