A cat was shot with an arrow through its head and peppered with slug gun pellets so badly a leg may need amputating.
The torture of the animal has horrified the SPCA who said it was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty seen.
''For us, this is at the top end of animal cruelty, it's horrific, it's inconceivable that someone would think it's OK to do to an animal,'' SPCA Auckland chief executive Christine Kalin said.
The cat, named Apollo by SPCA staff and which Kalin described as ''gorgeous'' will survive - but it was a miracle, she said.
''He's one very lucky, lucky little boy.''
The three-year-old male silver tabby was found outside the Massey Archery Club in west Auckland on August 8.
The arrow, which went through the back of the cat's head by its ear and out near its eye, was still protruding from its head when found.
It glanced along the skull but tore deep into muscle.
It had been shot with three slug gun pellets, one of which became lodged close to his heart.
The others damaged Apollo's legs, with one so badly smashed that it might need amputating. The wounds were old and had become infected.
An investigation is being carried out by an SPCA investigator, and members of the Massey Archery Club were doing their part to help, Kalin said.
''The Massey Archery Club are helping us, they're absolutely horrified.''
The club is trying to find the attacker and members have been asked whether they saw someone on the ground that day.
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact SPCA senior inspector Kevin Plowright on 027 278 0907.
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