An animal welfare group has been forced to put a kitten to sleep after she was pushed through a "very small" letterbox.
The Cavan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals came across the kitten on Friday morning after "some cruel individual decided it was a good idea to shove her through the very small letterbox" of the group's charity shop.
By the time she was found, the kitten had suffered severe internal damage.
"It's just heartbreaking," said a spokesperson for the shop, on Ashe Street in Cavan.
"The kitten was adorable and seemed OK initially," they said.
"But after being examined by the vet they explained that her organs had been pushed into her diaphragm due to being shoved through a very small letterbox. The wee baby has been put to sleep.
"It's beyond shocking and beyond cruel."
In a statement, the Cavan SPCA said that it has reported the incident to gardai and hopes that "they will look into this thoroughly". The charity has also appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.
"This will be reported to the guards so we can find the culprit," it said.
"If anyone has any information please contact us so we can find who did this."