The RSPCA is investigating after a cat was shot twice in one week with an airgun.
Two-year-old Patch was shot in the back leg while he was climbing up a tree in a neighbours’ garden in Ruddington, Nottinghamshire, on 12 September.
An x-ray later revealed the he had another pellet in his stomach, which vets believe had been there for about a week.
Both pellets were removed, but Patch was left with a broken back leg from the impact of the shot. He is now recovering.
Patch's owner, Sue Holmes, said it was was "devastating" to see him in so much pain, and "frustrating" not knowing exactly what happened to him.
RSPCA inspector Susan Hammond, who is investigating, said: