Police are appealing for witnesses after an eight month-old kitten was shot by an air weapon.
The ginger kitten, known as 'Biscuit', was taken to a local vet, who found a pellet embedded in the cat's spine.
North Yorkshire Police say that, as a result, the animal had to be put to sleep.
The brutal attack happened on Almsford Road, in Acomb near York, on Monday.
Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference 12190049005.