A much loved family cat has been left in a critical condition after being shot with a pellet gun in Hightown.

The incident occurred on Wednesday 2 May and the owners believe that the eight year old cat named Star was shot between the Mongers Road and Hightown Barracks area of Wrexham.

Star, who has black and white colouring, underwent a three hour operation to have the pellet removed but is still in a critical condition.

RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “This was a very cruel and callous act. Air weapon shootings of pets are becoming increasingly common and are a very serious problem which cause a great deal of suffering to the animals involved and much distress to their owners.”

Shooting an animal is a serious offence and could result in a prison sentence of up to 6 months and/or a fine of up to £20,000.

If anyone has any information about this incident, they are urged to contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls will be treated in confidence.