A woman who runs an animal shelter in Stephenville says she was shocked to see a cat that was shot with a pellet gun in both eyes.

Gwen Samms, head of SCAPA - a non-profit animal shelter - said her group rescued Sona the cat from Mainland on the Port au Port Peninsula in serious condition.

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Sona was in serious condition before any surgery on her eye. (Photo courtesy Gwen Samms)

"I knew there was something wrong with her eyes — you could clearly see one eye was missing, and the other eye had a big cloud over it," Samms said.

"At the time we didn't know what it was — what had happened to her eyes — until they done X-rays at the clinic, and that's when they discovered that she was shot in both eyes."

Samms said they don't know who did this to the cat, but that it seems like it was going on for a long time.

"We think that somebody must have held her on. To get both eyes, that would be too much of a coincidence — a fluke — to do it from a distance, to shoot a cat twice and get her in both eyes," Samms said.

Samms said she found out about the situation through Facebook, when someone tagged her in a photo of Sona.

A long time suffering

She said the people who took the photo said the cat has been in this condition for a while.

"We're not exactly sure how long she's been suffering, but according to the people that posted the picture she's been down there for a couple of years," Samms said.

According to Samms, the vet has cleaned up the area where the eye was missing and stitched it shut, but an infection on one of the cat's mangled paws will need to be amputated.

"She's doing pretty good, but they just want to give her a little bit more time [to build strength] and then they will be doing the amputation of the leg," she said.

Samms said the cat is not wild or feral, and once she's fully healed they are hoping to find her a safe home.