RSPCA Cymru make urgent appeal for information
Tuesday 8 October 2013

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead cat was found tied to a tree with a washing line in Mountain Ash, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

RSPCA inspectors were called to woodland at the rear of Gorsedd Street yesterday (Monday 8 October), after a member of the public reported finding the cat’s body.

The black and white male cat had been hung by the neck from the tree and the line had been tied very tightly around his neck with several knots.

After an examination at the RSPCA clinic at Merthyr Tydfil a vet confirmed that the probable cause of death was a broken neck.

RSPCA Inspector Gemma Cooper who attended the scene, was horrified by the incident. She said: “This was a shocking act of cruelty. Whoever did this knew what they were doing and had every intention of hurting this poor defenceless cat.

“Although the cat wasn’t microchipped he was wearing a distinctive gold coloured collar and we’re hoping someone may be able to provide information to help us find who he may have belonged to.

“I urge anyone who saw, heard or knows anything about this disturbing incident to contact us urgently. The offender may have taken photographs or filmed it on their phone. This kind of cruelty cannot and will not be tolerated and the sooner we find who was responsible the better.”

Causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and/or £20,000 fine under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA cruelty and advice line on 0300 123 4999. Calls are in confidence.