The RSPCA is appealing for information about a cat who died after being attacked by three teenagers in Wolverhampton.

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA after they saw the three youths kicking the black cat in Ivyhouse Lane, on the corner of Mount Pleasant Street, in Coseley, Wolverhampton, at 10.30pm on Friday (25 September).

The three youths – all thought to be aged between 13 and 15 – ran away as soon as they were approached by the member of the public.

The male cat was taken to a vets, where he died from internal injuries the following day. The cat had no collar and was not microchipped but had pins in his leg, a procedure thought to have been done some time ago. He was black with a small white triangle patch on his chest.

RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor, who is investigating the case, said: “This is a horrific case of animal cruelty and the cat would have suffered hugely in what seems to be a deliberate attack.

“The member of the public who witnessed this incident said the teenagers were all laughing while they were kicking the cat. It is not known how long the attack had been going on for but there is no doubt that the cat was in a lot of pain.

“This was also very upsetting for the member of the public who saw the cat being attacked. They did the right thing in getting the cat to a vets quickly and for contacting the RSPCA.

“We do not know who the cat belongs to – he could be a much-loved family pet who has gone missing. We urge anyone who witnessed the attack or knows anything about it to get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Two of the youths were described as white – one of whom was around 5ft 8ins and thought to be about 15, the other 5ft 1in and thought to be aged 13 – and one described as mixed race, who was around 5ft 1in tall and aged around 13. They were wearing hoodies and tracksuit bottoms.

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

Those found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.

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