Thirsk police are appealing for the public's help after a cat was shot dead in Topcliffe.
It was hit with pellets from a BB gun at least ten times on Thursday 11 October 2012. This incident follows a shooting of a cat in September 2012. Thankfully that pet survived, following treatment at a local vets for a fractured leg.
PC Duncan Pears, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "These acts of barbarity at truly sickening. How anyone can inflict such injuries on innocent animals is beyond understanding. Those responsible such be utterly ashamed of themselves.
"If you can identify those responsible to come forward and contact the police or Crimestoppers straight away."
Anyone who can help with this enquiry is asked to contact Thirsk police on 101, choose option 2 and ask for Duncan Pears. Alternatively information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number12120172669.