By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Evidence: The vet's X-ray shows Hope's body filled with the bullets
A cat called Hope has miraculously survived being blasted by around 30 airgun pellets, during a wave of senseless shootings across the UK.
The RSPCA has launched a hunt for the evil shooter and has released X-rays of some of the pellets inside Hope's body.
Hope's owner found her bleeding and near to death in Great Walsingham, Norfolk, and at first it was thought she'd been attacked by a dog because her body was ripped and torn.
But when she was transferred to the All Creature Healthcare centre in Norwich, X-rays showed that she had been peppered by around 30 shotgun pellets.
They were mostly in the back of her body but four were lodged in her head.
Miracle survivor: Hope the cat was shot with 20 metal pellets from an airgun but thankfully survived
Vets' staff managed to remove about 10 pellets but some were left in case worse damage was caused removing them.
Hope is also suffering from a fractured toe as a result of the shooting.
The five-year-old moggy is recovering from her ordeal and is being treated at the Paws Centre in Norwich, which is run by the RSPCA Norwich and Mid Norfolk branch.
Her owner could not afford the veterinary treatment and she has been signed over to the care of the RSPCA.
‘Modern air guns have immense power and the pellets are not being embedded on the surface of the cat, as I used to regularly deal with, but are now passing through the body and smashing bones to smithereens.'