A cat in Elgin whose leg was amputated after being shot is having to nurse her new kittens.
Vets had to amputate a leg from the mother of the kittens
One-year-old Thunder had five kittens just days before being hit by an air weapon.
Owner Katrina Smith, 24, told the BBC Scotland news website: "It's very upsetting. But she is coping remarkably well. Whoever did it needs punished."
Grampian Police also condemned the culprits and appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
The shooting happened on the night of Monday 26 June in the Gisbourne Court area.
Ms Smith, a mother of two young boys, said: "Thunder came in and was limping so we took her to the vet as we thought she had been bitten.
"They discovered she had been shot.
"They had to amputate her rear right leg because she has kittens, she would have needed rods in her leg and the kittens might have been injured.
"It's very upsetting that someone can do that to a cat. It could have been a child.
"To describe how I feel would not be a polite word. Whoever did it needs punished."
Grampian Police investigating officer Constable Catherine Smith said: "We are treating this incident seriously and prompt pet owners in the area to be mindful of the safety of their pets.
"I cannot imagine what satisfaction anyone would get by carrying out an act such as this.
"Someone out there knows who did this, a friend, relative or someone who was in the area at the time.
"I am appealing to these people to come forward, anonymously if need be, so that we can deal appropriately with this mindless person."