Cat found riddled with 16 pellets in Oshawa, Ont.
Matty, a stray cat, is recovering after being shot with a pellet gun 16 times in Oshawa, Ont. (Humane Society of Durham Region)
Kendra Mangione, CTV Toronto
Published Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:31AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:49AM EDT
A cat was found in Oshawa, Ont. with 16 shots from a pellet gun lodged in its body.
The injured cat was brought in for an X-ray after his rescuers noticed a severe break in his right, front leg.
In addition to the broken leg, X-rays revealed 16 pellets in the cat's body, The Humane Society of Durham Region's Barbara Steinhoff said in a press release Tuesday.
The male cat, who has been given the name "Matty," was found in the Thornton Road and Champlain Avenue area of Oshawa.
Steinhoff said that, despite his injuries, Matty is in stable condition.
"With everything Matty has been through, his sweet disposition is shining through," Steinhoff said. "He has won the hearts of his veterinarians and our animal care workers."
The cat will undergo surgery on Thursday, and may lose his broken leg. The pellets are likely to be left in his body, since removing them could cause Matty more harm.
The Humane Society of Durham Region is asking anyone with information about the cat or his injuries to contact them at 905-665-7430.
Anyone who wishes to help support the cat's veterinary care can donate online, or text HSDR to 20222 to donate $10 through their mobile phone.
It is unclear if the cat is a stray or has a home, but if he’s homeless, the humane society will put him up for adoption when he’s recovered.
In February, two men were arrested when a cat was found on the side of the road in Brights Grove near Sarnia, Ont. with 17 pellet wounds in its head.
One was charged with willfully causing unnecessary suffering and willfully injuring an animal, and the other faces two counts of animal cruelty.