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3rd Dec, 2021

Devastated family of Stewie the cat appeal for information following killing

Harry Leach 30th Jun, 2019

A FAMILY left devastated after their pet cat was killed in a crossbow attack in Redditch have appealed for help to find the culprit.

“Who would have a crossbow on a housing estate? It just doesn’t fit in to me,” said a member of the family whose cat, Stewie, was killed.

“I would appeal to anyone who knows anything – and somebody must know who did this – to go to the RSPCA and tell them.”

As we reported in last week’s Standard, 19-month-old Stewie was found dead in the family’s back garden in Brockhill on the morning of Saturday, June 15, with a crossbow bolt lodged in his neck.

RSPCA Inspector Jon Ratcliffe, who is now investigating the shooting, said: “Stewie’s owners are understandably devastated not only to have lost their beloved pet cat at such a young age – but also in such tragic circumstances.

Not only is this is extremely upsetting for them but they also had the distress of finding his body themselves.

“It would appear that this was a deliberate and targeted attack on Stewie and is extremely concerning to the RSPCA.”

Stewie’s body was taken for a post mortem and the RSPCA has launched an investigation into the incident in Appletree Lane.

“Jon has been absolutely diamond for us,” added the family member.

“He has been going around knocking on doors and appealing for people to help us.”

If you can help the family and the RSPCA track down the culprit, call them on 0300 1234 999.

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