The black cat, named Sooty – from Odyn’s Fee, Rhoose – was believed to have been shot sometime in the first week of October, and after visiting the vets on Friday, October 5 a pellet was found in his stomach.

Sooty’s owner Sarah Warren said they were so “shocked” and were “heartbroken” for Sooty to have been injured in this way for the second

time. Back in February, Sooty’s vets found a pellet under his skin after Sarah had found a lump on his abdomen. Luckily it hadn’t caused any serious damage, but this time Sooty was required to have surgery to remove the pellet. He is now recovering from his ordeal.

Sarah said: “Sooty had surgery on Friday and is doing ok. We were so shocked that this has happened again. It is awful for Sooty and my children have been traumatised.

“I am deeply horrified that this has happened again. I have the pellets that the vet removed and the vets have the X-ray for evidence. The vet was wonderful and really looked after Sooty.”

RSPCA Cymru is now appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Sooty. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “Sooty and his owners have been through this awful and distressing ordeal twice now. It is just horrifying to think that someone may have have done this to deliberately inflict pain on this poor defenceless cat.

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“We don’t know exactly where or when this happened and if this was a deliberate attack, so we are appealing for information to try and find out what happened. These incidents sadly happen far too often, but without witnesses and information from the public it is difficult to find out what exactly happened.

“If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018, which is in confidence.”