The RSPCA is appealing for information after a stray cat was found “peppered” with bullets thought to be from a shotgun.
The cat was seen staggering with an injured back leg in the Greenmeadow area of Cwmbran.
RSPCA officers collected the cat and gave him pain relief and antibiotics, before an x-ray found dozens of pieces of shot across its body - one of which had caused its left back leg to fracture.
The charity says it is “deeply sad” to think someone had been taking shots at the stray cat, and has urged anyone with information to contact them.
The cat is said to be responding well to treatment and has been transferred to an animal hospital in Birmingham for further care.
RSPCA inspector David Milborrow said: “The x-rays of this poor cat are shocking - showing the poor animal has been peppered with shot, thought to be from a shotgun. It's deeply sad to think someone has been targeting the animal in this way.
“One piece of shot has fractured the feline’s left hind leg, and the cat has clearly been through a shocking ordeal.
“We know residents have seen the cat straying in the Greenmeadow for a number of years, and we hope someone will have some information about what has been happening to this white and black male cat.
“It is believed the cat was shot between Tuesday May 7 and Thursday May 9. Someone may even have heard the incident take place.
“Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and we’d urge anyone who knows anything about these shootings to contact us.”