The RSPCA is appealing for information following allegations of cat shootings in North Tawton.
The Society was alerted by a North Tawton resident who was concerned after hearing that cats in the town has been shot and badly injured with air rifles.
However, when RSPCA inspector Suzy Hannaby investigated she could not find any evidence of any cat in North Tawton having been shot in recent months and although people had heard the rumours they were not able to provide information about any specific animals which were affected or their owners.
Inspector Hannaby said: “I have had concerned calls from cat owners living in North Tawton who have heard these rumours but as yet I have not been able to find evidence of a single cat which has been shot in the area and no one can tell me where the rumours have come from or if there is any truth in them.”
“I would hope that the lack of evidence means that we are just dealing with unfounded rumours but I would remind the public that the RSPCA is a charity and we rely on the public to be our eyes and ears and report cruelty and neglect so if cats have been shot or injured it is important that people report it to us or the police as soon as possible after it happens.”
Anyone with specific information about cruelty or neglect is urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls are in confidence.