Police have confirmed 19-year-old Franky Mills, of Long Gore, Farncombe, was sentenced to two years imprisonment yesterday at Guilford Crown Court for a spate of seven cat shootings that left one pet dead and others seriously injured.
Of the five cats Mills shot in Cranleigh, one lost an eye, one had to have a leg amputated, and one had to be put down after being shot in the neck, according to Surrey Police.
Cats Protection’s advocacy manager, Jacqui Cuff, said: “Cats Protection welcomes the sentence given to Franky Mills.
“His evil and callous actions resulted in the death of one cat and caused horrendous pain and suffering to many others, not to mention the trauma caused to their owners, their families and the wider community.
“We are pleased that the judge gave a significant custodial sentence and hope that it acts as a deterrent to anyone else who would commit acts of cruelty to cats.
“The sheer volume of instances where cats are injured and killed by air gun attacks is very concerning.
“Last year Cats Protection recorded around 200 incidents of shooting, 22 per cent of which were fatal, and these are merely the cases reported via the media so the actual number is likely to be much higher.
“A recent survey we did of vets also showed that many more cats are killed in air gun attacks than 20 years ago.
“We are calling for much stricter regulation on the purchase, possession and use of air guns as we strongly believe this will help to protect cats and other animals from these shocking attacks.
“We want to see England and Wales following the example of Scotland and Northern Ireland where it is illegal to own an air gun without a licence and we will continue to press the government on this whenever we can.”
Mills plead guilty to seven counts of criminal damage and seven counts of possession of a firearm and will serve a 12 month custodial sentence and 12 months on licence, police said.
Mills was also fined £100 and his phone and air weapons were confiscated and will be destroyed, police added.
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