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Monty the cat has its leg amputated at Dixon and Young after reports of shooting in Bilsthorpe

Officers are appealing for information after reports of a cat being shot.

After being let out, the cat, known as Monty, returned home with a severe injury to his leg and after being taken to Dixon and Young, a local vets, it was confirmed there was a pellet in the leg. The pellet was removed and Monty's leg had to be amputated as a result of the damage.

It's thought that Monty was around the Oak Rise and Lansbury Road area of Bilsthorpe when he was injured on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Inspector Heather Sutton, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: "This is an absolutely horrific thing to have happened, for both the owners and little Monty, who is only one-year-old.

"We are aware that there has been a number of reports of incidents involving cats in the area and want to reassure the community that we will not tolerate this behaviour and will investigate any such reports that come through to us.

"Newark, and Bilsthorpe in particular, is a very rural part of Nottinghamshire and we are committed to ensuring that the area remains a place that is safe and enjoyable for people to live and work with animals and wildlife.

Monty. (28827064)
Monty. (28827064)

"We encourage anyone with any information to get in touch with us on 101, quoting incident number 212 of 31 January 2020, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Monty is said to be recovering and getting used to using three legs.

Dixon and Young is also offering a £1,000 reward for anyone with information which could lead to a prosecution.

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