Cruel: An X-ray shows some of up to 50 pellets embedded in two-year-old Rosie's body
A family cat has been left with more than 30 pellets embedded in her body after thugs shot her up to 50 times.
Two-year-old Rosie had to undergo emergency surgery after she was shot repeatedly with the pellets, thought to have been fired from an air rifle.
Owner Tracy Homan found her pet covered in blood, dragging her hind legs and crying in agony after the attack.
Mrs Homan, 39, a carer, said: 'I've never seen anything like it in my life. She was covered in blood and dragging her back legs along the floor.
'She's got about 50 wounds. The vet managed to get 20 pellets out, but 30 are still embedded in her body.
'She will just have to live with them in her body.
'I'm absolutely furious. I just can't believe somebody could be so cruel to an animal.'
Rosie is now recovering at home after undergoing emergency surgery following her ordeal last Thursday.
Mrs Homan, who has three children - Jordan, 12, Ryan, 10, and Chloe, seven, has now reported the incident in Guisborough, Cleveland, to police.
She said: 'The kids are absolutely horrified. They just can't believe it.
'When I think about what's happened it brings tears to my eyes.
'If it had been done by a cat or a dog I could have got over it, but I just can't believe a person could do that - especially in this area.'
She added: 'The vet initially thought she had been attacked by another cat or a dog.
'It was only when she had a good look that she realised she had been shot.
'I've called the police and they said they could have used a gun which fires a lot of pellets at once, but she could have been pinned down or tied up, which is absolutely horrendous.'
Lucky: A scarred Rosie is now recovering from emergency surgery to remove some of the pellets embedded in her body
It is not the first time the family's pets have been attacked.
Three years ago thugs broke into her home and attacked her rabbit, leaving it for dead.
Clare Turner, a vet at Wilton House Veterinary Clinic, said Rosie should make a full recovery.
She said: 'I've only been qualified for a year, but this is the first time I've dealt with a cat that has been shot.
'Fifty pellets in a cat is a lot. She's been very lucky.'
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