A leading animal charity has spoken out about a "callous" attack on a cat after it was shot in the eye.

The owners of the 10 year-old moggy named 'Alfie' believed their cat had been in a fight when it returned to their home in Mead Crescent, Chingford, with blood around his eye.

However, after taking Alfie to the vets, a surgeon found an air gun pellet lodged behind his eye and surgery was required to have his left eye removed.

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