A cat found in the middle of a busy main road in Co Antrim had been shot with an air rifle.
The male tabby cat was said to be crying in pain and covered in blood when it was found near the Highways Hotel before 8am on Monday on the A8 Larne Line.
The man took the cat, which is neutered but not micro chipped and thought to be between one year and 18 months old, to Clare Vets in Ballyclare where X-rays showed the animal had pellets lodged in its leg and abdomen.
Part of the bone in its leg was also shattered during the incident. The cat underwent an operation on Wednesday and a nurse at the surgery said he was doing well.
Now Gillian McDade, the wife of the man who found the animal, is appealing for the owners to come forward so the cat can be returned. Failing that Gillian said they would like to see the cat go to a good home.
The vet nurse said while it is not common to see air rifle injuries, they have seen cases like this before. He added they are keen to reunite the cat with its owners before considering putting it up for adoption.
Anyone who has any information about the cat or its owners can call the vets directly on 028 93322223 or visit the Lost and Found Pets County Antrim page.