RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a cat was shot in the eye by an air rifle.

Black cat, Mikey, was shot on Thursday 28 April in the Valley Meadow Close area of Newbridge, near Blackwood.

Mikey Newbridge May16 pic1He returned home at around 11.30pm and his owner rushed him to the emergency vets. Due to his injury his eye was sadly removed the following day. Mikey Newbridge May16 pic2

It was also discovered at the vets that Mikey, aged just one-and-a-half, had been previously shot, as following an X-ray another pellet was found lodged in his chest. However, it is unknown when the incident is likely to have happened.

RSPCA inspector Izzi Hignell said: “It appears that this poor cat has been shot in the eye deliberately. It is horrible to think of the pain he went through.

“Mikey is lucky to be alive, it is shocking that this may have been the second time he has been attacked.

“We don’t know who could have done this, so we are appealing for information. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.”

Owner Chelsea Andrews said despite Mikey being shot straight through the eye, he is on the road to recovery. Mikey Newbridge May16 pi3

“He has had his final stitches out and he is healing,” she said. “The other pellet in his chest has been there for a while, but luckily it is not causing him any problems.

“The first couple of days he was so down and just wanted to be on his own. We were getting worried he wouldn’t pull through but he is coming around.”

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