A cat has been harmed in a "sick attack" by offenders who twisted wire around it, spray painted its face green and hurt its leg, its owner said.
The pet, from Newington Way in Craven Arms, Shropshire, returned home injured at about 0645 BST.
West Mercia Police said the animal appeared to have been tormented for some time.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.
The RSPCA has been made aware of the attack and police said the pet was expected to make a full recovery.