The RSPCA has expressed its shock and concern after a cat was shot and killed with an arrow in the South West.
A young boy discovered the cat with an arrow in its back in Eaton, near Bunbury. The cat was taken to a nearby veterinary surgery but was dead on arrival.
It is believed the cat was shot with a longbow, re-curve or compound bow at sometime last weekend.
In a statement today, the RSPCA says it is "shocked" by the incident which happened in a built-up area where there were children and other animals around.
Chief executive David van Ooran said people were advised to keep their animals inside at night and said the person responsible was "clearly a danger to the public".
â€œThis sort of behaviour is of real concern to the RSPCA and Police because case studies in the past have shown that animal cruelty is a warning sign that the offender has the potential to commit future similar crimes on human beings.
The cat was not micro-chipped but was wearing a collar. The cat's owner has yet to be tracked down.
Those with information on the incident are being encouraged to contact the RSPCA on 9209 9300 or the RSPCA cruelty complaint line 1300 278 3589.