A pet cat was shot and killed in what police are calling a “sickening” incident of animal cruelty.  

Officers are investigating the death of the animal, which was shot with an air gun in Bridge of Allan, Stirling.  
The cat was found around midday on Friday, 5 April, in the Hopetoun Drive area of the town.  

READ MORE: Police Scotland need to be police and not social workers

The animal was taken for veterinary treatment but later died. 

The Herald: Hopetoun DriveHopetoun Drive (Image: Google)

Inspector Andy Bushell said: “This was a sickening act that caused the death of a family pet and our thoughts are with the cat’s owners. 

“Cats are legally protected from cruelty and this offence potentially also breaches the terms of being a licenced weapon holder so it is vital that we find who was responsible. 

READ MORE: 'Police officer cuts puts Scots at risk of organised crime'
“We are asking anyone with information that could help us trace the person responsible to come forward. 

“We would also like to speak to anyone with information about any other similar incidents in the area.” 
Anyone who can help should contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 1815 of Sunday, 7 April, 2024.