Animal cruelty investigators are appealing for information after a cat had to have an eye removed after being shot with an air rifle in woodland near a Doncaster village.
The shooting is believed to have happened in the Snipe Park Woods in Bircotes.
The cat was discovered the next day by his concerned owner, and originally it was thought the four-year-old tabby could have been run over.
But, following an x-ray it was discovered the cat had actually been shot - and the pellet was still in its head.
Unfortunately, the cat’s eye could not be saved and it had to be removed.
But vets decided it was too dangerous to remove the pellet which had become lodged near its tonsils and dangerously near to the cat’s arteries.
The cat is now doing ‘very well’, but there have been reports that squirrels in the area have been found dead in the same woods.
RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis said: “It is absolutely vital that if anyone sees anything suspicious or knows of anyone shooting at animals in the area that they come forward with information.
“People cannot be allowed to get away with causing such awful injuries.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 123 8018.
The RSPCA received 201 reports of cats being shot in 2011 but say that may be the tip of the iceberg as many attacks go unreported and some owners don’t realise their pets have been shot.