A pet cat has reportedly been shot dead in Boddington, leaving a local family devastated. Dash had been a cherished part of the Lehmann family for more than a year and a half, since the family welcomed the male tabby into their home at eight weeks old. Louise Lehmann said her family had been left heartbroken after the distressing discovery was made by her daughter and husband on Sunday, May 16. “We realised he didn’t look right and so we took him to the vet in Byford and had him X-rayed and that turned up with a small pellet shot from perhaps an air rifle or a BB-gun.” Dash was found near the recycling centre on Johnstone Street, about 500m from the family home. The act was condemned by RSPCA WA in a post on its Facebook page. “RSPCA WA is very concerned about a rep-ort received of a cat shot in the head in Boddington. RSPCA WA received the report from a local vet,” the organisation said. The Lehmann family say they had not received any complaints about Dash before his death. Having grown up on a farm, Ms Lehmann said she understood many people saw cats as “vermin” but she said Dash had been a member of the family. “I would like an apology and to be able to say ‘do you realise how you’ve devastated our family?’,” she said. Anyone with information about the incident can call the RSPCA Cruelty Hotline on 1300 CRUELTY (278 358) or visit rspcawa.org.au/report-cruelty.