Cat shot in eye in rifle attack in Surrey
A cat has died after being shot in the eye with an air rifle or catapult in the latest in a spate of attacks in Surrey.
The animal was found by its owners in Trumps Green Avenue, Virginia Water, on Tuesday morning.
The cat was taken to a vet for treatment, but its injuries were so severe it could not be saved.
Police said it was the fifth incident reported in recent months in Virginia Water, Englefield Green and Addlestone.
Another attack took place in Corby Drive, Englefield Green, on the night of 4 July, when a cat was blinded in one eye after being shot with an air rifle.
Another cat was found in May in Douglas Road, Addlestone, with a pellet wound to its neck. The animal required numerous visits to a vet.
"Injury to a pet is an extremely upsetting experience for the owners and the vet's bills for treatment can also prove to be very expensive," Insp Roger Nield said.
"A number of offences have been reported to police but if your pet has been injured in this way then please contact Surrey Police so that we can fully investigate the incident."