A FAMILY are warning pet owners to be aware after their cat was found dead with a section of its tail cut off.
Gayle Sweetland and her daughter Sophie were devastated when they found out their cat Dave had been killed.
I would hate for someone else to go though the pain we are suffering so I want people to be aware of this disgusting and hateful crime.Gayle Sweetland
After looking at his injuries, which included a broken paw and part of his tail missing, the family believe someone killed him.
They are now warning people living near them, in Carlyle Road Gosport, to keep an eye on their cats.
Gayle said: ‘I would hate for someone else to go though the pain we are suffering so I want people to be aware of this disgusting and hateful crime.
‘Cats are very independent so it can be hard to look after them but I want people to know someone is out there.
‘We are devastated about what happened to Dave who was very much a member of our family.’
Sophie received a call on Friday morning from the vet saying Dave had been found by someone near the road and the vets had picked him up.
When the family went to the vet, they realised he had been killed.
But after looking at his injuries, they were not sure they were caused by a car which was something the vet had suggested.
Upon further inspection, they found the fur around the cat’s neck was ruffled and the tail seemed to have been cut off cleanly.
Gayle added: ‘We were suspicious as soon as we saw his injuries.
‘It seemed as though someone had cut his tail off because it looked like a clean cut.
‘We went to the place he was found and could see some blood. There was also a trail of blood which led to an alleyway where it stopped.
‘The vet suggested he might have been hit by a car because of where he was found and his broken paw but when we pointed out the cut on his tail, she did say it was an odd injury and it would be unlikely a car could cause that type of injury.’
Gayle has reported the incident to the RSPCA and the police.
She is also calling for anyone who might have seen something, between 2am and 8am on Harcourt Road on September 4, to come forward.
‘I want the person who did this to be caught and punished,’ she added.
Call police on 101.