A PET owner has been left devastated after her cat was shot and killed near a primary school.

Two-year-old puss Eddie was targeted by a twisted thug near New Street, Kilbarchan.

Distraught Barbara Maclure rushed to rescue her beloved Bengal cross-breed cat, who was bleeding on the ground from a bullet wound.

Despite taking him to a vet to undergo emergency surgery, Eddie’s injuries were too severe and he did not survive.

Following the horrific incident, Barbara is appealing for anyone who has information on the shooting to come forward.

She has also voiced her concern over the way her pet died, as the incident took place on a route that youngsters regularly use to get to nearby Kilbarchan Primary.

Barbara said: “My cat Eddie was shot and, unfortunately, he did not survive. His injuries were just too severe.

“We need to find out who did this before someone else’s cat, dog or, God forbid, child is next in the firing line.

“If you know who it is, think you know who it might be or have any information, however small, please come forward and contact the police.”

The incident, which took place on Monday, October 30, is being investigated by police.

Inspector Cassie Glass, who is based at Johnstone Police Station, said: “A cat has died after he was deliberately shot with a .22 calibre gun.

“The cat was taken to the vet for treatment but, sadly, died on the operating table.

“Although his owner stays in New Street, the cat had been wandering nearby when he was shot.

“We have notified vets in the area to speak to us if other animals come in with similar injuries.

“The weapon used was not an air-gun and is classed as a firearm, which we are taking seriously.”

Anyone who has information is asked to call the police on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.