The cat was found near Freyberg Crescent last Wednesday with bullet fragments throughout its skull.

A vet managed to remove the shot and save its life, but SPCA spokesperson Ros Alsford says they are deeply concerned.

According to the SPCA Wellington Centre’s FB page —

“SPCA is appealing for information after a family cat was shot in the area of Freyberg Crescent, Waikanae. A five-year-old ginger long-haired cat called Jamie left his home on Tuesday 3 March and didn’t return home that evening. He was found on Wednesday morning by his owners with facial injuries, originally assumed from a catfight. Jamie was immediately taken to a veterinary clinic and x-rays revealed that he had been shot. Bullet fragments were scattered throughout his skull and Jamie would have suffered significantly. The bullet fragments have been removed, Jamie is now on antibiotics and pain relief, and he will make a full recovery. Our Inspectorate team are appealing for more information to find out what happened to Jamie and who may have been responsible. Were you in the area of Freyberg Crescent on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning? All information will be treated as confidential and can be supplied by calling our team on 0800 467 732, and quoting reference 323422.”