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By Chris Willmott 02/08 Updated: 02/08 12:59
The RSPCA has launched an investigation into a 'despicable act of cruelty' after a pet cat was beheaded in Shirley.
The decapitated animal was found in the early hours of the morning by its owner in her back garden on July 26.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said the owner of the friendly and trusting cat, who is too distraught to speak to the media, found her beloved 18-year-old friend decapitated in her back garden at 5.30am.
RSPCA inspector Boris Lasserre said he was almost lost for words about this despicable act of cruelty.
He added: "Our priority is to warn other cat owners in the area about what has happened and to appeal to people's consciences if they know who may be responsible.
"It is important to stress vets believe someone has been responsible for this offence; due to the clean cut it is not possible that an animal has attacked the cat.
"I appeal to anyone who has seen anything, whether on a social media site or witnessed anything suspicious, or anyone that has heard something locally, to please get in contact with me.
"We must catch the person responsible for this heinous crime."
Anyone with information about the incident can contact the RSPCA inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.
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