The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pet cat was found dead outside his front door with a garden waste bag tied around his neck.

The one-year-old black cat was found by his devastated owner on the doorstep of their flat in Rathvale Court, in Beeston, Nottingham, on Wednesday morning (10 May).

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A large, bright green garden waste bag which had been rolled up was tied around his neck, like a bow tie. Blood was also found to be coming out of his mouth.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Gardner said: “We don’t know for certain how he died however we are suspicious that he had this garden waste bag tied around his neck. We can’t rule out the fact that he may have been strangled with the bag.

“Given that he was a young and healthy cat, it is very odd indeed for him to have died suddenly and on the doorstep of his home, and it would be even odder for someone to tie a garden waste bag around the neck of a dead cat. A lot of things do not add up, so we are appealing for anyone with information to contact us on 0300 123 8018. All calls are treated with confidence.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3. (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message.)