A cat is fighting for its life after being shot in the head with a pellet gun.

Three Rivers Police are investigating following the violent incident on Thursday (September 24).

The severely injured feline returned to its home in Thellusson Way, Mile End, at about 4pm.

The much-loved family pet was taken to a vet who said the cat is in a critical condition, that it was shot at a close range and would not have been able to travel far after being injured.

A police spokesperson said: "If you saw or heard of anything in this area or have any information that you believe will assist us the investigation please either email kayleigh.whittington@herts.pnn.uk or call 101 and quote crime reference number 41/77386/20.

"Alternatively you can contact crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online."