Cat put down after being shot in eye with airgun

Rory the cat, with white, grey and brown markings
Rory returned to his home on Arundel Drive after being shot, but later had to be put down [Darlington Police]

A cat had to be put down after being shot with an air weapon, police have said.

Four-year-old Rory returned to his Darlington home with a "significant" eye injury on 29 May.

He was taken to a vet, who confirmed that he still had a pellet lodged in his eye.

Durham Police said that that the severity of his injury meant he had to be put to sleep.

A force spokesman said the weapon used was likely to have been a BB gun or air rifle.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to contact the force.

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