Animal abuser strikes
to find out if any neighbours had an issue with Charles.
But instead, the letterbox drop revealed more suspicious cases of cat abuse in the wider area.
Some neighbours reported their cats had also returned home covered in oil, while other cats had gone missing altogether.
“The feedback just confirmed my suspicions,” he says.
SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger says it’s not uncommon for cats to suffer from abuse.
“One of the things about cats is they’re not contained easily.
“The common thread is it’s very, very difficult to find the perpetrators because cats roam quite a long way.”
She says younger people are normally the ones responsible for abusive behaviour towards animals.
“Generally we’re looking for kids, unless the adult is really disturbed.
“We go to schools and tell kids it’s not okay to hurt animals and to please tell us if they see anything.”
Ms Kippenberger says if abusive behaviour towards animals goes unchecked, it can develop into more disturbing behaviour.
“If it’s being done repeatedly it’s a worry because eventually the behaviour escalates to the animal dying.
“Harming small animals can also escalate into harming people.”