An­i­mal abuser strikes

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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.”

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