The RSPCA is appealing for information after a group of teenagers attacked an elderly cat in broad daylight in a Derby street.

A member of the public contacted the RSPCA yesterday after witnessing the incident at 4.20pm yesterday (Thursday 29 June) in Coleman Street, Alvaston.

RSPCA inspector Sarah Gardner said: “The group of teenagers – there were 11 of them, of which two were girls – had surrounded the cat and were throwing bottles and cans at him, clearly tormenting him.

“One of the teenagers then kicked the cat eight times in the head and another rode a skateboard over him. During the attack, the group were seen laughing and egging each other on.

“It’s sickening that this happened. The poor cat is 19 years old and due to his age was struggling to get away. It would have been a very frightening ordeal for him.

“We are trying to locate any CCTV which may show the attack and we urge anyone who saw the  incident, recognised the teenagers or have their own CCTV which might show the attack to contact us on 0300 123 8018.

“This poor cat suffered a great deal. It is simply not acceptable to treat an animal in this way.”

The cat is currently being cared for at a vets. He was microchipped, however the contact details were out of date. Anyone who believes the cat is their’s should contact the RSPCA on the same number.

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.)