Sick thugs have left a family pet blind in one eye after she was shot in the head.
But Kara, a one year old ginger cat, is lucky to be alive - after being shot with an air riﬂe.
RSPCA officers say the cat could easily have been killed and air weapon attacks are increasing.
Owner Jenny Hughes found her 18-month-old moggy at home in Hardie Street, Eckington, with her eye bulging - and at ﬁrst thought she had been hit by a car.
But it was only when the cat was rushed to the vet and her eye x-rayed that it was discovered that she had been shot with an air rifle.
The pellet was removed but it had caused so much damage to Kara’s left eye it could not be saved.
Kara survived the operation last month but the RSPCA says had the pellet gone in at a slightly different angle she would have been killed.
Now the charity’s officers are appealing for information from people in the area.
Jenny said: “Despite what has happened Kara is doing very well, but we cannot believe this has happened to her.
“She’s not doing too badly.She’s just getting on with it, she’s a strong little cat - we’ve had her just over a year from when she was a kitten.”
Jenny, a 39-year-old mother of two, who has three cats, added: “We just hope that by highlighting this we can prevent this happening to any other cats or animals in the area.
“It sounds strange to say, given that she was shot, but she was very lucky - she didn’t die as a result. So far she seems to be coping OK with the one eye.”
The RSPCA says 799 air weapon attacks were reported to the charity in 2012 - an increase of 40 compared to 2011.
Inspector Mick Darling said: “Shocking ﬁgures show that, for the first six months of 2013, 438 reports had already been received.
“Cats are the second most targeted animal after wild birds. We need to find out who was behind the attack on Kara.”
Anyone with information can call the inspector information line on 0300 123 8018.