The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a cat was found shot in Fettercairn in Aberdeenshire.
We were notified by the owner on 22 September.
Inspector Karen Cooper said, “The male black cat was found by a dog walker on a path west of Fettercairn, close to the cemetery.
“The member of the public who discovered the cat located his owner who immediately took him for veterinary treatment.
“At that time it was unclear what was wrong, however, further investigation revealed he had been injured by shotgun pellets.
"Unfortunately, the cat was too badly wounded and the sad decision was made to put him to sleep.
“We are concerned this was a deliberate attempt to injure, or kill, a cat which is a criminal offence. We are keen to find out what happened.
“If anyone can help with our enquiry, we would urge them to call our confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”