A cat is recovering at home after being shot in the neck with what is thought to be an air pistol.
The sickening attack has left rescue cat Rocky with a nasty puncture wound and his owner Carl Lowe devastated.
Carl, 49, who lives on the Parks estate in Belper, said the barbaric act was all the more hurtful as Rocky was his late son’s cat.
His son, Lewis, 18, who had been ill for two years with an autoimmune disease, left hospital after treatment in 2011 but died falling from a cliff in Scotland during a holiday with his girlfriend.
The cat was rescued as a six-week-old kitten and named Rocky by Lewis as he was a huge boxing fan.
Carl said: “I got the cat for my son when he was very, very ill and to have lost him in the circumstances would have been totally devastating.”
Rocky was treated at the PDSA practice in Derby and Carl is hoping to raise money through a Just Giving webpage to raise funds for the veterinary charity.
Although Carl, who is unable to work through ill-health, made a donation for Rocky’s treatment - the cost to the charity was £120.
PDSA Vets treat more than 470,000 sick and injured pets each year, with all the costs coming directly from donations.
Anyone who would like to contribute go to https://www.justgiving.com/carl-lowe258