A Wanaka man has been charged with ill-treating an animal after a cat was shot in the Studholme Rd area.

Wanaka sub-area commander Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell told the Otago Daily Times yesterday the man had been charged under the Animal Welfare Act and was due to appear in the Queenstown District Court later this month.

The cat, a 3-and-a-half-year-old chocolate point siamese called Coco, belongs to Michele and Craig Capstick, and is being treated for a serious leg injury.

Michele Capstick said Coco had been out of the house for about 15 minutes last Thursday and returned home with his leg ``just dangling''.

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"It was horrendous, absolutely horrendous to see him like that.''

After the shooting, Craig Capstick rang neighbours to ask about anyone shooting on their properties, and Michele Capstick said one neighbour admitted he had "shot a cat''.

"So it was deliberate. It's unbelievable he could do that."