Man arrested after alleged drive-by shooting of cat

A man was arrested last night after an alleged attempted drive-by shooting of a St Kilda cat.

Police converged on the Dunedin suburb about 9pm following reports of gunfire near the Dunedin Ice Stadium in Victoria Rd.

A police spokeswoman said officers learned a person had allegedly taken aim from the window of their car at a passing cat, before opening fire.

"They did not hit the cat, and the cat ran away."

After a brief search of the area, police found and arrested the suspected shooter, the spokeswoman said.

They also seized a weapon, believed to be an air rifle or BB gun.

There was a heavy police presence in nearby Magdala St in Tainui following the arrest as officers made inquiries.

Police dog teams were on scene but were not deployed.

Dunedin police (03) 471-4800, Crimestoppers 0800 555-111.

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