Couple’s worry after cat is shot by air rifle

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A COUPLE have spoken of their heartache as it was revealed that more pets are being shot with air guns.

The RSPCA reported a 16 per cent rise over the past two years in the number of pets being shot by air rifles. It comes despite a new law which makes it an offence for anyone under 18 to buy or hire an air weapon. It is also now an offence to give an air gun to anyone under 18 as a gift. Colin and Angela Pearce, from Waterlooville, were devastated after their cat was shot earlier this year.

Mr Pearce said: ‘We are all on tenterhooks. We did not worry before.’

Mrs Pearce added: ‘It’s made it harder for me to let him go. If he’s not in, I can’t sleep.’