RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a ginger-and-white cat was found dead with suspicious injuries.

The body of the one year-old cat, named Ernie, was found on the doorstep of his owner’s house at Tintern Street, Canton, Cardiff on Monday (12 September). A passer-by had discovered him on Cowbridge Road East inbetween two parked cars and returned him to his owner’s address, in a box with his collar on top.

ErnieErnie’s owners took his body to the vets following the shocking discovery and it was thought that he may have been involved in a road traffic accident.

However, an examination from the independent vet found some suspicious cuts on him – one of which had even gone through to the bone.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Gemma Black said: “This must have been awful for the owners who are completely distraught and our thoughts are with them during this distressing time.

“The marks on Ernie are suspicious as the vet is confident that they would have not been caused by a road traffic accident or by a wild animal. The vet also believes that Ernie could have been alive when it happened.

“We’re appealing for information to try and find out what happened to Ernie. Anyone with any information is urged to come forward and contact the RSPCA Inspectorate information line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.”

Ernie was last seen alive at home around 8pm on Sunday night (11 September) and was then found dead on Monday afternoon.

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