An Animal Control team is appealing for information after a puppy was found with multiple air gun gunshots in Whatawhata, Waikato.
The puppy was shot by an air gun more than 10 times, Animal Control Team Leader Tracey Oakes reported on Thursday.
"We received reports of a stray dog living under someone's cabin on Māori Point Road, Whatawhata," Oakes said.
"When we went to the property we found a young female pup, less than 3 months old, with air gun pellets in her face and muzzle, and other wounds to her head."
The pup was taken to the Waikato SPCA for treatment immediately.
"Due to the nature and location of her injuries, we suspect she was tied up first before being shot," Oakes said.
Animal Control has put notices in letterboxes nearby, appealing for information.
"We have told nearby residents so that they can keep a close eye on their pets, because we would hate to see this happening to another animal," Oakes said.
"We are also asking for people to let us know if they have any information that may help us find who is responsible for this cruelty so that we can pass it on to the relevant authorities."
The pup is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing several surgeries.