A terrified nine-week old kitten is believed to have been sexually abused after it was found abandoned and covered in poo in the street.
The poor animal – which has been affectionately named Benny – was discovered by a member of the public in Nottingham at around 2pm on Sunday.
Little Benny was taken for emergency veterinary treatment where an examination revealed the extent of his injuries.
Vets said they believed the cat had been sexually abused and had sustained a damaged rectum.
Animal Collection Officer Hayley Day said: “When I collected the kitten I could see he was trying to defecate but was really struggling and he was so swollen around the rectum that I couldn’t tell what sex he was.
“He was also covered in faeces and very skinny.
“The vet said the injuries to his rectum suggested he had been sexually abused and it is so upsetting to think of the pain and suffering he has been through.”
Ms Day has since named the cat Benny and has said the feline is a “lovely and friendly chap.”
She said: “He just wants to cuddle.”
“Benny was not microchipped and so I am appealing for help in tracing his owner who may live near the area where he was found.”
Ben Berlyne, of Arnold and Carlton Vets said: “The damage to the rectum suggests the kitten has been sexually abused.
“I am now treating him with pain-killers and am trying to assess the extent of the injuries.
“He is such a lovely and friendly kitten in spite of the horrific ordeal he has been through.