BOSTON — An animal welfare group is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the conviction of whoever killed a cat found with its legs bound with masking tape and suffering from 11 BB gun wounds.

The animal was found last Thursday under a car by Cambridge animal control responding to a report of a crying cat. By the time animal control arrived at the scene, the mostly black, young male cat had already died, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said in a statement Monday.

A necropsy at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston found that the cat had 11 BB wounds on its face and body, including one that punctured its lung and is believed to have caused the death.

The cat, named Gosha, had disappeared from outside its owners’ home in Cambridge on May 4.

Anyone with information is asked to call either the MSPCA or Cambridge police.

Animal cruelty is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 in Massachusetts.