Witness Appeal: Cat Shot with Air Rifle in Whiston
Merseyside Police want information about a cat that was shot and injured in a Whiston park on Wednesday 3 December.
Two-year-old Rosie’s owner let her out from her home as usual in the morning, and returned in the afternoon with several head injuries.
The owner’s 12-year-old daughter found the family pet bleeding and immediately called her mum, who took Rosie to a local vet.
The vet confirmed the cat’s wounds were consistent with being shot twice in the head with an air rifle.
Rosie’s breathing was restored, and she is now recovering but has lost one of her eyes.
Police officers believe the attack may have taken place in Stadt Moers Park, between Whiston and Huyton.
Dedicated Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Carroll said: “It’s hard to believe that anyone could be so callous as to shoot a cat in the head with an air rifle.
“We know that the local community will be rightly outraged by this incident and I want to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to arrest the person or people responsible.
“I would appeal to anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the park recently, including any people using air weapons, to get in touch with us.
“I would also urge anyone who may have heard people talking about this incident, or thinks they know who those responsible are, to contact us as soon as possible.”
If you are a witness to the incident or have information to help the investigation, please call officers in Prescot Police Station on 0151 777 6318 or by dialling 101 (non-emergency number).
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Pictured: Rosie, before and after her injuries