SIR – I was sorry to read about Cindy the pet dog of Bernadine Brown, who was shot by an air rifle.

This, of course, is not an isolated case. The only way to stop and bring an end to such unnecessary cruelty is for the Government to ban the sale of such weapons and to confiscate existing ones.

Please write to your MPs asking for this before another another animal or a person suffers like Cindy, or worse.

John D Cosway, Hill Foot, Nab Wood, Shipley