30/04/2012 14:18 BST | Updated 30/04/2012 14:20 BST

Miracle Cat Gabrielle Survives Airgun Shot: RSPCA Hunts Those Responsible

Despite being shot at by an airgun, this fearless feline survived in what the RSPCA have labelled a "miracle."

Animal cruelty officers are hunting for the yobs which shot at the cat, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Left with a pellet between her eyes, Gabrielle - as her new carers named her - would have been killed if the shot had penetrated even one centimetre more.

Gabrielle, who was named by RSPCA staff

RSPCA officer, Scott Vanes, who took Gabrielle to animal hospital following the attack, told the Mail:

“To aim and fire a loaded weapon at a defenceless animal is completely sick.

“As far as I am concerned the intention was to kill this cat and the fact she has survived is nothing short of a miracle.”

The miracle moggy, discovered in Longbridge, Birmingham was not microchipped, and now the animal welfare charity are on a mission to find her owner. She is four years old and was found on 16 April.

Vanes appealed to Birmingham residents to report anybody who could be responsible for injuring her.

"If you know of anyone in the area who is targeting animals with an airgun then please call me and tell me what you know.

“If you witness anyone shooting birds or animals I would urge you to call the police in the first instance, then report what you saw to the RSPCA.”

Anyone with information should ring 0300 1234 999.