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Teenage boy is jailed for shooting cats with air gun

By Tom Pugh

A teenager responsible for killing a family's beloved cat and seriously injuring six others during a shooting spree has been jailed.

Franky Mills (19) opened fire on the pets with an air gun in parts of Surrey during a 12-day period in March and April last year.

One of the animals, Ruby, had to be put down after being shot in the neck in Cranleigh last March. It later had to be excavated for forensic examination. The owners of another cat, Snoopy, who had a leg amputated after being shot, said their son started struggling at school after taking news of the attack badly. Another cat, Pebbles, was shot in the eye which had to be removed.

Mills, of Long Gore, Farncombe, was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty to seven counts of criminal damage and seven counts of possession of a firearm, Surrey Police said. He will serve 12 months in jail and 12 months on licence. Mills was also fined £100 and his phone and air weapons were confiscated to be destroyed.

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