Far North SPCA inspectors are appalled after discovering the body of a cat shot seven times in the head with a nail gun.

SPCA inspector Bridget King said the body of the tabby female, which had been young and healthy before it was killed, was found in the stream behind the Waipapakauri Hotel.

"It was a proper builder's nail gun that was used, not the sort a do-it-yourselfer would have in the garage," Ms King said.

"The cat appears to have been shot at close range, and the first nail probably killed it, but whoever was responsible just kept shooting it."


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