The RSPCA is urging anyone with information to come forward after a cat was shot in the eye in a “horrific” attack.
Owners of the 10-year-old moggy from east London initially thought the cat had been in a fight.
RSPCA inspector Emily Collins, said: “This was a horrific way to treat an animal. Alfie must have been shot right through the actual eye as there was no puncture wound anywhere and the pellet was lodged right behind the eyeball.
“Luckily for him he has survived, but will always wear the wounds with the loss of his eye.”
The number of animals shot by air rifles increased last year by more than 40 per cent, according to RSPCA figures.
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.