Probe af­ter charred body of cat found dumped in city

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By LAURA HART­LEY News Re­porter laura.hart­ley@reach­plc.com

A CHARRED cat was found on Hal­loween dumped un­der a tree on a res­i­den­tial Coven­try street.

It is sus­pected that the cat was set on fire, but isn’t known if it was still alive when it hap­pened.

An RSPCA in­spec­tor de­scribed the cat’s body as “black­ened and charred all over”.

The an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity fear it could be a sick prank.

The in­spec­tor who at­tended the body on Hare­field Road in Stoke, Ben Jones, said:

“The body was black­ened and charred all over as if the cat had been set on fire.

“The burned re­mains had then been wrapped in a charred red blan­ket and dumped un­der a tree.

“What we don’t know yet is whether this poor cat was still alive when he was set on fire.”

The cat was mi­crochipped and when the RSPCA con­tacted the own­ers they said their pet, named Bon­nie, had been miss­ing for over a week.

The RSPCA has now launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into what hap­pened to Bon­nie.

“I sin­cerely hope Bon­nie wasn’t alive when she was set on fire,” In­spec­tor Jones added.

“If she was alive then this is a re­ally hor­ri­fy­ing case.

“Her body was first spot­ted on Hal­loween so my fear is that this is some sort of har­row­ing prank.

“This has been re­ally up­set­ting for Bon­nie’s own­ers and must have been a big shock for the per­son who found her.

“I’m re­ally keen to hear from any­one who might have some in­for­ma­tion that could help our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion can con­tact us on 0300 123 8018 and leave me a mes­sage.”

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