The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was hanged from a motorway bridge over the M62, leaving his owner ‘devastated’.
The charity was called by police and attended the scene at around 12noon on Sunday (30 September).
RSPCA inspector Thomas Hutton said: “Police, along with the Highways Agency and local fire and rescue service, had already got the cat down when I arrived.
“The male black and white ragdoll cat had been hanged using a piece of blue twine.
“He was scanned for a microchip and his owner was informed.”
The six-month-old cat, called Hugo, was first spotted by a member of the public at 10.15am hanging from the bridge on the M62 westbound just before junction 33 at Ferrybridge.
Owner Lorna Taylor said: “I last saw him on Saturday night. I was pulling sticky buds out of his fur.
“I had only had him for a short time but it’s absolutely devastating to think about what has happened to him.
“He was a very bold cat and he would have fought his corner. Whoever did this must be covered in scratches.”
It’s thought the incident must have happened some time between about 9pm on Saturday and 10.15am on Sunday.
RSPCA Inspector Hutton said: “We don’t know for sure whether Hugo was alive or not when he was hanged.
“He had trauma to his neck and there were no other obvious physical injuries. He was clearly a healthy cat a day before, which leads me to think that this was a shocking act of deliberate cruelty.
“It’s very difficult to imagine how anyone could do such a sadistic thing.
“If anyone has any information at all that might help me to find the person responsible please call me.”
If anyone saw anything, or has any specific information, please call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Hutton.
To help the RSPCA continue to investigate incidents like this please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give