A 12-year-old cat was found limping and had to have a leg removed after being hit with two pellets which also shattered its femur.
The RSPCA is appealing for witnesses after the incident in the Sawyers Way area of Hemel Hempstead.
While the cat has been fed by a local resident every day for the past 10 years, enquiries to see whether Vera has any owners have come to nothing.
Last week the lady who feeds Vera noticed she was limping. She called the RSPCA and animal collection officer Kate Wright went to the address to help the cat.
Vera was taken straight to a local vets where an X-ray showed that she had two pellets in her leg and a shattered femur. Unfortunately Vera had to have her back right leg amputated but she is recovering and will still be able to live a normal life.
Officer Wright said: “Vera is definitely not a stray, she is an absolutely lovely cat and will make a wonderful pet for someone.
“She has been through a tough time but we are glad she is recovering now and hope someone will be able to offer her a loving home.
“We don’t know exactly when Vera was shot but if anyone has any information about her they can call the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.”
Once she has recovered from her operation Vera will be ready to be rehomed. She will be in the care of the Chiltern branch of the RSPCA. If you are interested in adopting Vera or any of the other cats in our care please ring Jane James on 01280 847487 or the general branch number on 07944 186016.