A Selston woman is urging cat owners to be on their guard after one of her pets was shot in what is believed to be a deliberate attack in the village.
Pam Jones, of Peveril Drive, says she now fears her five other cats will be targeted following the incident on Friday September 27.
Her cat, Milly, is recovering from the attack but Mrs Jones says she is reluctant to let the five other pets out during the day when she is at work.
“I am a responsible cat owner and keep my cats in at night but during the day when I am at work they can go out through the cat flap,” she said.
“But now I am frightened to let them out.
“It scares me to think someone could do this. I am not sure if it was an accident but I don’t see how it could be.
“Milly still has the pellet in her and will be on antibiotics until the wound has healed and she can then have it removed.”
Police were informed about the shooting and the matter is now in the hands of the RSPCA.
Meanwhile, Ashfield councillor Ray Buttery is also warning pet owners to be vigilant.
He said: “I am very against animal cruelty and I was concerned when I heard about this incident.
“It was very upsetting to hear about and I hope it was an accident.”
RSPCA figures reveal that almost 800 air rifle attacks were reported to the charity in 2012 and that number is expected to increase again in 2013.
In the first six months of 2013, 438 reports have already been received of air rifle attacks on pets in the UK.