We are appealing for information after a cat suffered an airgun shot wound to the neck and face on 16 September.
The cat, Monty, was rushed to the vets by his owners to receive emergency treatment.
Inspector Robyn Myszor said, “We were alerted to an incident of a cat being shot with an air rifle on 16 September.
“The two-year-old tabby cat suffered a horrific injury to his face and neck. Although Monty survived, sadly, the injury has obliterated his jaw and surrounding bones on the right hand side of his face.
“Monty had to have an emergency operation but faces further surgery to reconstruct his jaw and a long period of recovery.
“Air weapons are not banned in Scotland but their misuse can have disastrous consequences for animals like Monty.
“If anyone has any information on how Monty sustained these injuries they can contact our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”