|A PET owner has described her horror after finding the mutilated body
of her beloved cat. Ferdinand's body was found by his owner Rachael Huckle
missing both ears, three paws, one leg and his tail. She made the grim discovery
while searching for the white tom cat after he disappeared from her home
on Arnold Walk in Denton on December 30.
A RSPCA investigation concluded that Ferdinand was already dead when his
ears and paws were deliberately cut off.
Rachael, aged 24, said: "Ferdinand was a brilliant cat who loved humans,
to think that a human has done to this to him makes me feel sick..
It's beyond belief. "I can't put into words what it was like to find his
poor little broken body. Whoever has done this to him should be locked up.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "We have received the results of a post mortem
which has found the cat was already dead when its body was mutilated. "It's
believed the cat died accidentally possibly as a result of being hit by a
car; before it's ears and paws were deliberately cut off. Discarded beer
cans were found nearby. The cat's body had also been eaten by an animal.
"While what happened here is strange and of course, very distressing, there
is no evidence of an offence under the Animal Welfare Act." Police inquiries
One thousand join Facebook justice fight for mutilated cat
A CAMPAIGN to get justice for a cat found dead and deliberately mutilated
has been setup on social networking website Facebook.
More than 1,000 people have joined a
for Ferdinand' group after the white torn was found dead with his ears,
three paws, a leg and his tail missing.
Owner Rachael Huckle made the grim discovery on December 30 while looking
for the cat after he disappeared from her home on Arnold Walk, Denton.
Discarded beer cans were found near his body dumped on land off Wordsworth
Road, and he had also been eaten by an animal.
Rachael, 24, is now appealing for information about his death and a man who
she believes was seen with Ferdinand's body.
She said: "Ferdinand was a brilliant cat who loved humans so to think that
a human has done this to him makes me feel,sick.
"Whoever has done this to him should be locked up." Investigations carried
out by the RSPCA and police found that Ferdinand was already dead, possibly
as a result of being hit by a car, when his ears and paws were cut
Both have now closed their inquiries. A spokesman for the RSPCA said: "While
what happened here is strange and of course, very distressing, there is no
evidence of an offence under the Animal Welfare Act." -The charity this week
revealed a rise in cats being abandoned and attacked, with particular concern
about the number being injured by air rifles - more than 200 incidents last
Chief veterinary officer Alastair Macmillan said: "Year after year we see
hundreds of cats with terrible injuries caused by air weapons or shotguns
and the numbers certainly aren't decreasing.
"We also believe that those reported to the RSPCA represent only a fraction
of the total number of attacks as many go undiscovered or unreported.
"The news of massive rises in abandonments and other attacks is alarming
and shows a frightening trend in cat abuse and neglect."