SICK thugs have left this family pet blind in one eye after he was shot in the head.
Oscar the tabby cat had to endure hours of painful surgery which involved removing his right eye after yobs took a potshot at him with a pellet gun.
His disgusted owner today hit out at those responsible for the violence as police investigate.
Officers have described the shooting as “abhorrent”.
Oscar’s owner, 33-year-old Caroline Airey, of Dalton-le-Dale, near Seaham, said she has been left upset and angry by the attack.
She also says she can barely bring herself to look at her beloved pet, who is seven.
Speaking from her Dene Road home, Ms Airey said: “It’s just awful.
“They’ve left him looking like something out of a horror movie.
“I just want him back to the way he was before.” Ms Airey had not seen Oscar for a number of hours last Wednesday, September 4, when she noticed blood on a quilt in a bedroom.
Then, on Thursday morning, the teacher spotted the moggy in her garden, battered and bruised.
“The whole of his face was black and covered in blood,” she said.
“At first I thought he must have been in a fight, but after he was taken to the vets and X-rayed they told me he had been shot at.”
Ms Airey added: “The area near where we live is quite rural so it may have been people out in the forest who were shooting.
“I know people go out to shoot rabbits, but they aren’t supposed to shoot people’s pets.
“It’s cost about £650 already in vets bills and although we have insurance I would have paid it anyway to get him better. I just don’t understand how people can do this. They don’t have any idea of the damage they have caused.
“And I don’t get the mentality that would make someone do it in the first place.”
Sergeant Ian Dickinson, of Seaham Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I think this is absolutely abhorrent.
“If people have any idea who of who did this, we would like to hear any information from them because we really want to know who did this.”
Sgt Dickinson added that house-to-house inquiries had been carried out in the area and checks made for CCTV which could help trace the offenders.
Anyone who may have seen something in relation to the shooting should contact Durham Police on the non-emergency 101 number.