Appeal to pet owners after cat found hung in Neasden housing estate
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A plea to pet owners to keep an eye on their animals has been issued after a cat was found hanging from barbed wire.
Chair of the St Raphael’s estate resident association Brenda Linton made the appeal after the RSPCA launched an investigation following the discovery of a ginger cat hanging by its neck from a twine noose tied to a wire attached to a brick wall in Besant Way, Neasden.
Investigating the case, RSPCA deputy chief inspector Nicole Broster said: “When I arrived at the scene I was absolutely horrified at what I saw.
“I have been an inspector for eight years and this is one of the worst cases I’ve had to deal with, and I’ve seen a lot of shocking things in my time.
“What’s particularly concerning is that this is a busy housing estate and the cat’s body was in full view from the road yet we only received one report to our cruelty line,” she added.
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Based on evidence gained so far the RSPCA inspector suspects the unneutered male cat – which was not microchipped or wearing a tag or collar when found on Sunday, June 4 – was alive when he was strung up in the noose.
“It is awfully distressing to think he may have suffered so unimaginably,” Nicole said.
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Brenda – who has three cats of her own – told of her shock, adding: “I feel terrible because we’re supposed to be looking after our pets. As a cat lover this makes me feel ill.”
Advising fellow cat owners to keep their pets indoors, she added: “Keep an eye on your cat because this could happen again.”
Under the Animal Welfare Act it is illegal to cause suffering to any animal with six months imprisonment and a £20,000 fine resulting from a guilty conviction.
Anyone who can help with the investigation should call 0300 123 8018.