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A cat is “lucky to be alive” after being shot in the face in Lichfield.
The six-year-old male, named Tom, was found with injuries by his owner last Saturday (April 23) near his home in Broadbent Close.
Vets found a bullet – thought to be from a shotgun – had gone through his nostril, mouth and neck.
RSPCA inspector Kate Levesleysaid: “This is a very shocking incident which has left a cat with serious injuries and an owner who is devastated.
“Tom sustained serious injuries and he is very lucky to be alive.”
Owner Amanda Dukes said her cat had lost part of his tongue and has been left with damage to his sinuses and eyes.
“Tom is just so lucky to be alive,” she said. “It’s just so shocking – I can’t believe someone would do this to him. He is well-known and liked in the area.
“It was such a shock when I found him on my doorstep with these injuries. I did not realise at first that he had been shot – I thought he had been hit by a car.
“It’s thrown me off my feet because this happening to Tom has made me feel like I’ve lost an arm because we are so close and he follows me everywhere. I feel so helpless that I can’t help him more.
“It’s horrible to think that somebody did this to a defenceless animal.
“He has been through a lot but he is doing well considering his injuries. He has started jumping about and he is eating mushy food.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.