THE RSPCA is appealing for information after receiving a complaint that four cats have been mauled to death.

It is believed that the cats were attacked by dogs at Matthewstown, Mountain Ash.

The fourth cat – a ginger female – was mauled at 2pm on 30 December.

The death was reported to the RSPCA by a member of the public who reported that it was the fourth cat to have been killed in this way.

RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “The cats are feral but are owned. They keep the rats down in the area and are a very important part of the community which lies in between a river and the sewer.

“Dog owners are reminded to keep their dogs on leads at all times if the owner does not have control over them.”

If anyone has any information about this incident or similar incidents in the area, they are urged to contact the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.

To help the RSPCA investigate cases like this, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).