A cat has been found dead with injuries similar to other animals slaughtered by the 'UK animal killer,' a charity has said.
The animal was found in the grounds of St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton, on Sunday night.
A vet confirmed its injuries were 'human related’, the South Norwood Animal Rescue and Liberty (Snarl) organisation claimed.
Hundreds of cats are thought to have been killed by the same person, with a Metropolitan Police Service investigation into the deaths.
Cat deaths linked to the UK animal killer include Millie in Hayling Island last December.
Two cats who died in Fareham were also linked to the killer by Croydon-based Snarl.
Posting yesterday on Facebook about the cat found at St James’ Hospital, Snarl said: 'We are urgently trying to trace the owners of calico/ tortoiseshell and white female cat who was found last night in the grounds of a hospital in Locksway Rd, Portsmouth, Southsea PO4 8LD.
'Her back is mostly dark and her right back paw has a large patch of ginger on it, the other back paw is mostly dark tortie and both paws end in white.
'A chip could not be found on the cat, but may have been lost when she was mutilated, which a vet has confirmed was human related. Her injuries are consistent with other victims of the UK animal killer, as is the pattern of body parts missing.
'Our deepest thanks to the member of the public who found her, and the lady who went out to secure her body and take it to a vet.
'If you are missing a cat of this description, please call us on 07961 030064 or 07957 830490.
'Rest in peace little one xx.'