A cat has been shot with an air rifle in Ferndown, Dorset, leaving the pellet lodged in his jaw muscles just behind his eye.
The RSPCA say they are hunting the person responsible for the shooting. Sandy, a one year-old cat, was found last week by his owners with the bullet wound.
They rushed him to the emergency vets where he underwent treatment. He is now making a good recovery.
However, the RSPCA warns that there has been a spate of shootings in the area and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
RSPCA Insp Graham Hammond said: "Since the owner reported this incident, we have learned that there have been a number of similar incidents in the local area – so we are asking people to be vigilant.
“This cat appears to have been shot deliberately and could have been killed."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RSPCA in strictest confidence on 0300 1238018.