Shocking images have emerged of a cat who is believed to have been burned alive before being cruelly dumped in a pile of rubbish for up to a week.
The pictures were shared on Facebook by an animal rescue organisation in the Philippines, who came to the cat's aid when she was found by a passer-by.
Philippine Animal Rescue Team commented: "Phoenix was found and rescued by a concerned citizen in a pile of garbage.
"She initially thought that the cat was just covered in caked-on mud but after a closer look and hearing the cat cry out in pain when she picked her up to clean her, she realized that the cat was badly charred.
Staff at the clinic believe that Phoenix was burned alive up to a week before she was found, judging by the painful, partially-healed second degree burns on her face and body.
Of her treatment, they said: "To help with faster healing, ointment is applied on her burns twice a day. Not an easy task because it’s painful for her whenever and wherever she is touched.
"She is on painkillers and anti-inflammatory to minimize pain and discomfort as much as possible. She is also on antibiotics to fight off the secondary infection, and is on a nebulizer every four hours to help treat her respiratory infection.
"Most likely due to the pain, Phoenix is not eating so she is being given fluid therapy."
The charity and veterinary surgery are appealing for help from concerned citizens to fund her treatment and recovery through donations.
Photographs posted in a later update by P.A.R.T. show that Phoenix is making progress, but she still has a long way to go in her recovery.
If you would like to help, visit the GoFundMe page set up by the organisation.