WORTHING vets made a horrific discovery on Saturday when they found the cat they were treating had been shot in the eye with an airgun.
The unfortunate stray was reported to Worthing and District Animal Rescue Services (WADARS) by Rustington residents who had watched its health deteriorate over recent weeks.
They said it was having trouble breathing and had a badly infected eye wound.
WADARS took the cat to vets at Grove Lodge in Worthing, who decided its eye was so badly damaged, it needed to be removed.
The cat, named Darth WADARS by Grove Lodge staff, is believed to be a young adult male, aged between 18 months and two years.
Senior animal rescue officer at WADARS, Billy Elliott, said he was saddened by the attack, but pleased to be in a position to help the unfortunate victim.
“There is still a mindless minority in the 21st century that will do something like this,” he said.
This was the third such incident reported to WADARS in the last couple of months.
“It’s not just one person doing it,” said Mr Elliott. “There are two or three people having a pot shot. It’s hard to find the right words to explain how it makes me feel.”
WADARS will report the incident to the police and the RSPCA, and hope to re-home Darth as soon as possible.
“I’m sure he is going to make someone a very nice pet. It’s amazing the trust he’s already giving people,” said Mr Elliott.