The Sarnia, Ont. cat that was shot 17 times in the head with a pellet gun is continuing to improve, the manager of the Sarnia and District Humane Society says as police hunt for a suspect.

"We are hoping surgery will take place within the next couple of days," Donna Pyette wrote in an email about Joe, the name given the cat after it was found on a roadside earlier this month. "Once the surgery takes place, we will have a more complete update as to his condition."

She has confirmed Joe will lose an eye, as the humane society had suspected.

"However, we are optimistic that he will make a full recovery and lead a perfectly normal life," she wrote.

A passerby found the cat with the pellets lodged in his head on Feb. 2 in the bedroom community of Brights Grove.

Joe the Cat

The cat found with 17 pellets in his head has lost an eye and is still in the care of a veterinarian. (Courtesy Sarnia and District Human Society/Facebook)

After the cat was brought to the humane society, the Sarnia Police Services criminal investigations division began working with the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) in a joint investigation.

"We are hopeful he will have a successful recovery with minimal long term damage," the humane society said on its Facebook page.

Anyone with information is asked to call police, the humane society or Crime Stoppers.

A cash reward over and above what Crime Stoppers typically offers is being offered by members of the public.