A feral cat which was shot with an air-gun in Market Weighton has had to be put down.
The ginger and white feline, named ‘Ginger Nut’, developed an infection in his bladder, which vets believe was caused by the stress he had been through.
With the possibility of suffering blood poising from the infection, putting the cat to sleep was considered to be the best option.
Ros Nicholl, a volunteer for the charity, which priorities the rescue of homeless stray and feral cats, said: “I could have cried when I was told he had been put down. We decided for his well-being he couldn’t suffer any more.
“We did the best we could do with him. With animals stress can kill as much as the injury. That is what happened.”
X-rays of Ginger Nut showed that he had been shot in the head twice. One pellet hit the left eye, causing severe damage and abscess, which had to be removed by a vet. Two shattered teeth also had to be extracted.
The charity Caring for Cats, which is still appealing for information following the attack, became involved when a concerned resident on Bedale Road in Market Weighton asked them to help trap the cat after noticing it was injured.
The animal was a familiar visitor to the person’s garden, frequently scavenging for food.
Caring for Cats has been left with a vet bill of more than £2,000 to pay for the treatment that Ginger Nut received. It is appealing to members of the public to make a donation to help pay this via its website - www.caring4cats.org.
The charity is offering a £600 reward, which was donated to Caring for Cats, for any information which leads to the successful prosecution of the person responsible for the air-gun attack.
Anyone with information can call Market Weighton police on 101. Alternatively they can call the RSPCA helpline on 0300 1234 999.