The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a cat was found in a picnic basket washed up on a beach at Caister-on-Sea last night (Wednesday, 13, June).

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The picnic basket was found by members of the public, who opened it up and discovered the dead cat inside.

They contacted the RSPCA, who have now launched an investigation into the death.

The cat is thought to be a young adult, black and white in colour, and was wearing a black collar with diamante studs. The wicker basket was lined with red gingham check material.

A post mortem is due to be carried out on the cat’s body, but it is not believed to have been in the water very long.

This is the second animal body which has been found in suspicious circumstances in water in Norfolk in the past two days.

The RSPCA is also investigating an incident in which a body of a dog was found in the River Thurne at Potter Heigham on the afternoon of Tuesday 13, June.

The German Shepherd was wearing a metal choker collar, which was clipped to a short lead which was attached to rope tied to a concrete mud weight.

RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Ben Kirby, who is investigating both incidents said: “While I do not believe these two incidents are connected, it is just awful that we have had two dead animals in a spate of two days.

“We will be carrying out a post mortem examination to establish the cause of death, and this time I am keeping an open mind as to whether the cat was alive when it was in the water.

“If it was, then this is a truly terrible way to treat an animal.

“I am urging anyone who may know who the owner of this cat is, or who has any information or may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area that day to contact me in confidence on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

The RSPCA is only able to investigate matters such as this thanks to kind donations from members of the public. Text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message) or visit www.rspca.org.uk/give