A TOM cat was found dead by his owner outside her back door in Long Lawford.
Bobby, a ginger and white cat, was found with a single pellet wound on his side when he was found on Thursday.
RSPCA inspector Nicky Foster said: “To say I am angry about this is putting it mildly. What sort of person shoots at innocent animals?
“Bobby was an otherwise healthy big cat and from his body it was clear there was no other cause of death. I need local people in this area to be aware of what has happened and to report anything they witnessed or anything they know. It is paramount that no other animals suffer and die in similar circumstances so I urge anyone that knows anything to please get in contact.
“The last thing I want to happen is to be called to this area again to find the body of another animal leaving behind a distraught owner.”
Shooting an animal is a serious offence and could result in a prison sentence of up to six months and/or a fine of up to £20,000.
Anyone with information can call the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999 leaving a message for inspector Nicky Foster.