The RSPCA is appealing for information after a one-year-old cat was shot twice with an airgun in Ipswich.
Mabel was found by her owner laying motionless behind some bins, in the Shackleton Road area on Sunday 9 July.
Mabel was taken to the vets for an x-ray, where it was revealed she had been shot on the side of her abdomen and near her hind leg.
Vets operated on her and removed the two pellets.
RSPCA Inspector Jason Finch who is investigating the incident said: “I am extremely concerned to learn that Mabel has been shot.
“This is a deliberate acts of cruelty and I am certain that whoever has done this is purposefully trying to inflict pain and suffering upon this poor cat."
The charity is calling for stricter regulations around the use of airguns, along with better education and explanation of the law when buying an air gun, and requirements that everyone must receive basic safety training before being allowed to buy one.