A cat in Durham Region is expected to survive after a case of animal cruelty that the local humane society calls "horrific."
The stray male cat, Matty, was found in the Thornton and Champlain area of Oshawa earlier this month.
Officials say the animal had been shot 16 times with a pellet gun. His front right leg had also been severely broken.
X-rays show the pellets lodged throughout the cat's body.
The humane society says Matty is in stable condition and will soon undergo surgery.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Humane Society of Durham Region at 905-665-7430.
Anyone who wants to help with Matty’s veterinary care can donate online by clicking here or by texting HSDR to 20222 to donate $10 through their mobile device.