The RSPCA is appealing for information after the bodies of three young cats were found laid out beneath a telegraph pole on a country road in Cumbria. They had suffered massive head injuries, thought to be the result of deliberate, repeated blows.

 

They were reported to the RSPCA yesterday (Monday 18 November) after being spotted by a member of the public on an unnamed road off the A593 in Hawthwaite, a few miles north of Broughton- in-Furness.

 

All three suffered prolapsed left eyes, leading us to believe they were hit by someone with an object in their right hand. Their heads had been beaten almost flat.

 

RSPCA inspector Will Lamping said: “This was a deeply distressing thing to come across and to deal with.

 

“I can see no other explanation for what happened to these cats other than that they were literally beaten to death.

 

“Their claws were damaged, which suggests they struggled before they died. It is very upsetting to think what they may have gone through.”

 

The cats are all described as black, and little older than kittens. It’s believed they were killed and dumped where they were found no earlier than Saturday night.

 

RSPCA inspector Lamping said: “This is a very rural area and no one living nearby saw anything or is aware of anyone having cats that match their description.

 

“I’m desperately hoping that, by appealing in this way, we’ll be able to find the person responsible.

 

“Whoever did this shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it. If you know anything please contact us.”

 

Anyone who thinks they can help should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Lamping.