A HEARTBROKEN Camborne veterinary nurse has started a campaign to find the gunman who killed her beloved pet cat.
Eleven-month-old rescue cat, Rufus, died after he was shot with an air rifle in Camborne town centre earlier this month.
His owner, Kelly Solway, who adopted the black and white moggy found on Boxing Day in Camborne last year, said she was devastated.
"He was only a baby and I am now concerned for the safety of my other pet dogs and cats," the 29-year-old from Moor Street said.
"I am devastated because he was a special little cat who was brought into the veterinary practice where I work (Cornwall Animal Hospital) in a bit of a mess.
"He was about two months old and he hissed at everyone who touched him at work, but never me – we just seemed to bond straight away."
Mrs Solway did not know when exactly Rufus was shot but noticed him becoming increasingly grumpy and uncomfortable.
An X-ray revealed an airgun pellet in his abdomen, with six holes through his intestine.
Following an operation Rufus died on September 9.
Mrs Solway has since started a Facebook campaign and spread posters warning neighbours about the incident.
"Rufus was a young, friendly, very loving little cat who did not deserve this end.
"I am totally devastated, heartbroken and lost without my amazing little cat and I hope to find out who did this.
"This was nothing but a senseless act of cruelty and should not go unpunished.
I am worried that this could be another pet or even a child next time. It worries me that someone is using an airgun rifle in such a built-up area near town."
Camborne police confirmed they have dealt with four incidents involving air rifles in the past 12 months.
But none of them involved animals.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the force on 101 quoting AC/12/3560.