Surrey

Arrest over Guildford and Cranleigh cat shootings

Black and white cat called Ruby Image copyright Kara Salvador
Image caption Ruby was put down after being shot in the spine

A man has been arrested following a spate of "sadistic" cat shootings.

Surrey Police said an 18-year-old man was held on suspicion of criminal damage after the attacks on six cats in Cranleigh and Guildford.

They were shot with an air rifle, causing a "great deal of upset and distress", the force said.

A five-year-old cat in Cranleigh, called Ruby, was put down by vets after being shot in the spine.

Another cat in Cranleigh, Coco, survived but lost her eye.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) condemned the shootings as "sadistic and violent acts" and offered a £2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

Police urged witnesses who had not yet contacted them to get in touch.

The man has been bailed until 2 June.

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