Shane Woolcock said he believes the ginger kitten was only hours away from death when he and Kirstin Denholm rescued him.
They had been on the way to the vet with their dog when they spotted the animal on the road in Saltair. They quickly got him help but one eye had to be removed, and that was when they discovered that someone had purposely hurt the animal, who was about eight weeks old at the time.
“After the globe, or the eyeball, was removed, in the cavity we saw the bb,” Cathy Maloney, of the Ladysmith Animal Hospital, told A News
She said the pellet had been fired from close range, and an x ray showed there were three more pellets in the jaw and neck area.
Leon Davis, of the Nanaimo BCSPCA, said: “It’s horrendous of course. It’s cruel. It’s certainly illegal.
“If we can find the person who’s responsible we would be looking to investigate and potentially charge them.”
The maximum sentence for willfully causing pain, injury or suffering to an animal is a $2000 fine and/or six months in jail.
The kitten, who has been named Skid, is recovering well at the home of his rescuers, who are keeping him.