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RSPCA investigating brutal murder and torture of cat

Talitha Beatson holds a cord found with her dead cat. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Talitha Beatson holds a cord found with her dead cat. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

TALITHA Beatson is just 17-years-old, and for those 17 years, she has had her trusty sidekick and pet cat Smokey by her side.

But this morning, Talitha went outside to feed her guinea pigs when she found Smokey had been brutally killed - with his nails pulled out - and had been hung with a computer cord over the fence into the yard.

Talitha said finding her pet murdered was heartbreaking.

"Mum asked me to go downstairs and check on the guinea pigs and just as I was putting in the water I looked over on the chair and saw that Smokey was lying there," she said.

"I went and had a look there, and I just ran upstairs and told mum that he was dead.

"After that we started taking a few pictures and that... the marks on him are quite tragic - he has been tortured quite badly."

Talitha said Smokey, who was blind in one eye, was "deeply loved".

"He's just an innocent cat and someone has just thought it would be funny to torture a cat that was deeply loved," she said.

Talitha's mum Merle Beatson said it was "scary" knowing it had happened in their neighbourhood, to their cat.

"It's quite scary to think that you live that closely to someone who is that vicious, you know, to do that to a poor old cat," she said.

"He was old and slow and harmless, he wouldn't have been able to run to save his life.

"The rope had been tied around his neck, there's a noose on one end.

"They're very sick."

Both the RSPCA and the police have been contacted, and Ms Beatson said she intends to prosecute anyone found to be involved to the fullest extent.

Topics:  animal cruelty animals cat murder rspca torture



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