Who shot Oscar the cat? £2500 reward is offered by Peta to help catch thug
An animal rights organisation is offering thousands of pounds to help catch the person who shot a cat in the neck in Newtownards last month.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) is offering up to £2,500 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the incident.
Oscar the cat went missing from his home in Newtownards on September 9. He was found around a week later in a neighbour's garden and was severely dehydrated and malnourished with a wound to his neck.
When his owner, who did not want to be named, took him to the vet, they discovered that it was a gunshot wound.
He said: "From the conversations with the vet and by viewing the X-rays it looks like he was shot with a .22 rifle," the owner said.
"The bullet entered through the neck hit a bone which caused some of the metal to fragment and become lodged in his chest wall, luckily missing his vital organs."
Miraculously, Oscar survived the attack, which is believed to have happened in Scrabo Country Park.
Police launched an investigation last week and they are treating this as an animal cruelty case. Yesterday, they said the investigation is ongoing.
Peta often offers rewards when it is alerted to cases of animal cruelty.
Spokeswoman Elisa Allen said: "It is imperative that any community faced with a violent act such as this take measures to find the culprit or culprits and bring them to justice.
"Animal abusers are a danger to everyone - they take their issues out on whoever is available to them, human or non-human, and must be caught before they act again.
"There are allegedly other cat-shooting cases in the Ards area, which makes finding the culprit even more urgent.
"It's imperative that any community faced with such callous acts take measures to find the culprit."
Several other people in the area have reported that their pets have been injured by pellet guns.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them at Newtownards Police Station on the non-emergency number 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.