RSPCA officers are investigating after a Coventry cat was shot with a suspected tranquilizer dart.
The owner of the cat, a male tabby and white long hair of Tennyson Road, Stoke, found the suspicious dart in his fur as she stroked him on Wednesday, October 7.
As she parted his fur, she discovered the dart had caught the skin – leaving a small amount of blood.
But it is thought that the thickness of the cat’s fur had stopped the dart from embedding itself further into his body.
RSPCA inspector Louise Labram, who is investigating the case, said the cat was ‘fortunately fine’.
She added: “The dart looks suspicious as it does not appear to be a throwing games dart so it could be some sort of tranquilizer dart.
“There are concerns that someone in the area may be targeting cats, especially as this dart was clearly thrown or shot at the cat in question.
“I am also concerned by the object itself and what someone is carrying around with them to cause harm like this.”
Anyone who with any information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 or the police on 101.