AN investigation has been launched after a beloved pet died from its injuries when it was shot with an air rifle in Aylesbury.
Five-year-old moggie Luke suffered a punctured lung after a pellet was fired at it.
Kimberley Adams was stunned when she discovered her pet covered in blood, after hearing him making strange noises.
Luke was shot at around lunchtime on February 12, close to Buckingham Road.
Speaking this week Miss Adams said: “We are absolutely heartbroken, Luke had only been outside for a really short period of time and I cannot believe that someone would shoot at him.
“We really hope that by highlighting what has happened to Luke we will help to find the person responsible and hopefully prevent other people having to go through the heartache of losing a pet.”
RSPCA inspector Martin Rivett, who is investigating the incident, said: “It is absolutely vital that if anyone saw anything suspicious or knows of anyone shooting animals in the area that they come forward with information.
“People cannot be allowed to get away with causing such awful injuries.”
Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 1234 999.