A West Kildonan woman believes her cat was beaten and left for dead.

Tammy Jackson said her two-year-old black tabby, Tiggy, went missing from her home on Kilbride Avenue last Thursday.

The next day, her five-year old son discovered the badly hurt animal in the back yard.

Jackson said it had severe injuries to its face and back.

"[He had] bumps all over his head," she said. "Probably a fractured or broken back." 

She said Tiggy was so injured, he couldn't walk. 

The vet who treated the animal told CBC it had suffered a forceful blow to the head, but it's unclear how it happened.

Jackson said they made the difficult decision to euthanize Tiggy.

"I had to listen to my kids cry, my husband cry and myself," she said. "It's very hard. I don't understand how somebody could be so cruel and mean."

Yvonne Russell, president of Paw Tipsters, said her organization often hears stories about animals being mistreated.

Russell doesn't know what happened in this case, but she said the best way to keep pets safe, is to keep them indoors.

"Don't let your cat run around the neighbourhood," she said. "Whether someone is going to hurt them or not, there's always a chance they will get hit by a car or someone is going to steal them."

Jackson and her family will follow that advice with the two cats they adopted over the weekend.

She said her son has already named the kitten.

"He started to call her Tiggy," she said. "I said to my husband, I didn't think it was a very good idea. He said, 'whatever helps his healing process.'"

Jackson plans to file a police report about the incident.