Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Cat shot near Isle of Wight school

Police are trying to find a person who shot a cat near an Isle of Wight school.

The 13-year-old grey and white pet is thought to have been shot with an air weapon, possibly a .22 calibre pellet, near Ryde High School on Tuesday.

It was found injured in Pellhurst Road and was taken to a vet, where it was immediately put down.

Police urged witnesses, or anyone who knows about it, to contact them.

PC Benjamin Burfitt said: "A defenceless animal and loved pet has suffered horrific internal injuries as the result of being shot.

"It is believed that many people may have been around as this is a busy part of the day in an area near to a school grounds."

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