TWO MUCH-LOVED family cats have died after being gunned down in Athersley North.

Katy Grove's two cats, Smudge and Gizmo, were shot at the weekend.

Gizmo had to be put down after being shot in her spine, while Smudge was also put down after being shot in the face.

It is the second time the family has faced the ordeal.

In 2014, their cat Maisie was also shot.

Police are now investigating.