A CAT shot in the head four times is being cared for by the Stubbington Ark animal shelter.
The wounded long-haired black and white tom cat was picked up by an RSPCA animal collection officer in Romsey.
At the vet’s it was revealed he had four airgun pellets embedded in his head, causing the loss of his left eye.
All the pellets were safely removed and he was taken to the Ark a month ago where staff have named him Minstrel. He had no collar or microchip and the RSPCA is appealing to anyone who knows what happened to him or who he belongs to.
RSPCA inspector Charlie Eyden said: ‘This poor cat was lucky to survive and this attack is distressing for everyone involved. I can’t comprehend why anyone would want to cause harm to an animal in this way.
‘He was found in a terrible state and now has to live with only one eye and lasting injuries because of this cruel attack. I urge anyone with information to contact us immediately. We are keen to trace his owner as someone could well be missing him.’
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA cruelty and information line on 0300 1234 999. Calls are treated in confidence.