An animal shelter worker in Melbourne has been bizarrely threatened at gunpoint by a man in military clothing.

The whole ordeal took place at approximately 11.30pm on Monday night, when the woman parked outside her workplace at the Cranbourne West branch of the Lost Dogs Home, according to Victoria Police.

Shortly after parking her vehicle, the woman was approached by the armed man, who pointed the gun at her and escorted her into the shelter.

“The man pointed a firearm at the woman, who works at the home, before he walked her into the animal welfare property and tied her up,” the police statement said.

Once inside, the woman was asked where the cats were, according to a police report. Yes, the *armed* man asked her where the cats were.

Police allege that the offender then left the room and never returned, with the victim (thankfully) being able to free herself and call the police.

In an absolute miracle for the shelter worker, she managed to escape completely unharmed.

Following the ordeal, police extensively searched the facility but the man was not found. He is believed to have been wearing a military-style outfit and a mask.

Police have not released any information regarding the welfare of the cats, so it can likely be assumed that he didn’t find or steal any of the Lost Dogs Home’s felines.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.