THESE shocking x-ray images of a cat found "peppered" with shot in Cwmbran have been released in the hope of finding out who inflicted the injuries.

The stray cat was found staggering, with an injured back leg, and struggling to stand up and walk properly in the Greenmeadow area of the town.

It was subsequently discovered that one of the dozens of pieces of shot - believed to be from a shotgun- found in his body, had fractured his left hind leg.

"The cat has clearly been through a shocking ordeal," said RSPCA Cymru inspector David Milborrow.

“The X-rays of this poor cat are shocking - showing the poor animal has been peppered with shot, thought to be from a shotgun.

"It's deeply sad to think someone has been targeting the animal in this way."

The white and black male cat, who is not neutered, has been seen straying by local residents in the area over a number of years.

After the RSPCA Cymru collected him, he was given pain relief and antibiotics, and the x-rays revealed the extent of his injuries.

Despite his ordeal, he is responding well to treatment and has been transferred to the RSPCA's Birmingham Animal Hospital for further care.

“We know residents have seen the cat straying in the Greenmeadow for a number of years, and we hope someone will have some information about what has been happening to him," said Mr Milborrow.

“It is believed the cat was shot between Tuesday May 7 and Thursday May 9. Someone may even have heard the incident take place.

“Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and we’d urge anyone who knows anything about these shootings to contact us.”