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PETA Offers £1,000 to Help Nab Thugs Who Shot Cat with an Air Gun

Melton, Leicestershire – PETA is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a three-year-old cat at close range with an air gun on the Kirby Fields estate. This despicable act is believed to have taken place between 7 am and 7:45 pm on Wednesday, 26 September. The animal is recovering from an operation to remove the pellet lodged in her neck and, according to the cat's guardians, Shirley and Arthur Baker of Anemone Close, remains nervous and reluctant to venture outdoors.

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PETA is urging residents to keep a watchful eye on their animal companions and to keep them indoors. Because animals cannot report incidents of abuse against them and can do little to fight back, they are the perfect "practice" victims for violent people.

History shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers. Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.

"It is imperative that any community faced with such horrific abuse of animals take measures to find the culprit or culprits and stop the violence", says PETA spokesperson Ben Williamson. "Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human."

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact PC 931 Lee Green of Melton Police by dialling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.