The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a man was captured on CCTV kicking a cat in a Derby street.
The cat – named Millie – is currently being treated for a suspected broken jaw.
CCTV caught the incident outside the Guinness Trust flats in Sidney Street, Derby, at 4.25pm on Thursday 12 January.
Millie’s owner contacted the RSPCA after she came home with her injuries and the CCTV was checked.
RSPCA inspector Sarah Burrows, who is investigating, said: “The video clearly shows two men walking towards Millie and then one man kicking the cat very hard, resulting in her being thrown a few feet across the ground, before walking away. It is an unprovoked attack which has sadly left Millie with a suspected broken jaw.
“Inflicting such a horrific attack on a defenceless cat is sickening and it’s important we track down the people responsible.
“We are appealing for information and are keen to hear from anyone who recognises the person responsible for this. Anyone with information should contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.
“If prosecuted under the Animal Welfare Act of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, a person could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000.”
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The video can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/2iPQI85. Please be warned that it is upsetting.