The RSPCA has been caring for a cat, Lara, who was shot in the leg in Luton.

Lara is believed to have been abandoned by her owners and was living as a stray for a number of weeks. Some residents in the area had been providing the cat with food and noticed that she had a limp on her back leg and contacted the RSPCA.

RSPCA animal collection officer Grace Mead went to the location and collected Lara from the area of Bishopscote Road, Luton, on Tuesday 26 November before taking her to a local vet.

An x-ray revealed that the cat had been shot with an air gun and the pellet was wedged in her body, causing damage to a tendon.

After an operation to remove the pellet, the RSPCA says her rehabilitation is likely to take a number of weeks.

“If she hadn’t have been rescued her leg may have become infected and she would have been even more vulnerable than she already was. It’s really upsetting to think what could have happened to her. It just makes me feel so sad to think that she’s been through so much in her short life.

Grace Mead, RSPCA animal collection officer

Anyone with information regarding what happened is urged to call the RSPCA.