Miraculously,  three year-old Puss-Puss survived, but suffered such extensive injuries she will have to have her eye removed.

The black-and-white cat disappeared for a week, after she was seen injured after gunshots had been heard near her home in Jubilee Lane, Ardleigh, Colchester. She was rushed straight to the vets after she came home last Friday (8 April) dragging her feet, covered in blood and clearly injured.

X-rays were done and it was discovered she had pellet wounds all over her body – including her torso, paw and left eye. She has made a good recovery but the owners have been told she will need to have her eye removed due to the damage caused.

RSPCA inspector Adam Jones said: “We were shocked to find that Puss-Puss was peppered with such an extraordinary number of pellet wounds all over her body and head.

“One was in her paw making it hard for her to walk, and another in the middle of her eye – causing a detached retina. The vet said two had just missed her spinal cord and it is a miracle she survived.

“We urge anyone with any information about what happened this cat to call us, in complete confidence, on our appeals line on 0300 123 8018.  She would have been incredibly distressed and in a lot of pain and we want to do all we can to stop such a callous act happening again.”

Owner Doug Taw said: “I just can’t think what sort of person could have done this to her.

“We heard some gunshots but didn’t imagine at first it could have anything to do with Puss-Puss. Then we found her crouched under a car, frightened and injured. She ran off and we couldn’t find her for a week. I was beside myself with worry. Then she eventually dragged herself back in a terrible state and we rushed her straight to the vet.

“It is heartbreaking seeing her in such a distressed state, and I am so upset that she will now lose her eye.Puss-puss Xray

“It is a miracle she survived but it’s going to take a lot for her to get back to her normal self, and she will obviously always bear the scars now.”