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horrible attack 'Heartbroken' family offer reward to catch killer after beloved kitten shot with crossbow

The son of the couple who owned the cat, Michael, said the family had got the pet for his father who had recently suffered a stroke, so that the animal could help him with his recovery.

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Tigger was struck with a crossbow bolt in the Kells area on Tuesday

Tigger was struck with a crossbow bolt in the Kells area on Tuesday

Tigger was struck with a crossbow bolt in the Kells area on Tuesday

An Ulster family have spoken of their sadness after their beloved kitten was killed in a crossbow attack.

Eight-month-old Tigger was a ginger tomcat owned by the Davidson family in Kells, Co Antrim.

The family have since forwarded a £500 award for anyone who can give them information helping to identify the person who killed their pet.

It is understood the cat was shot at some stage on Tuesday, with the crossbow bolt puncturing the animal's heart.

The son of the couple who owned the cat, Michael, said the family had got the pet for his father who had recently suffered a stroke, so that the animal could help him with his recovery.

He said Tigger brought his father "a bit of joy".

Michael said that his father had contacted him at about 5 o'clock on Tuesday to say the cat had come home with a serious injury after being hit by a bolt.

He added: "My mother was in hysterics and took him to the vet straight away, but there was nothing that could be done except put him to sleep because the bolt had pierced his heart.

"Words can't describe how I feel about this. An innocent kitten can't even go outside without getting shot with a crossbow. My parents and I are absolutely distraught and heartbroken."

He added that there would be £500 available to anyone who helps identify the perpetrator of the attack, so that he and his family can "get justice for this poor animal".

The PSNI said: "Police attended a call today in the area of Connor whereby a young cat 'Tigger' has lost his life. This was as a result of being shot by a bolt. The young cat returned to his home address today at around 5pm after being let out at 12pm.

"Police are requesting for any information to assist with an ongoing investigation into this matter. Should anyone from the Kells and Connor area feel the information they have may be useful, please contact the police on 101 quoting CC 1746 16/03/21."

In the last period for which figures are available, 2018 to 2019, there were 121 convictions recorded for animal cruelty offences in Northern Ireland.

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