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Horrified RSPCA workers are appealing for information after they discovered the mutilated body of a dead cat.
The animal - which had been skinned - was found with broken bones and bound by twine, lying behind a multi-storey car park in Tavistock.
The cat was found by a member of the public outside the Cooperative car park at 8:30am on February 27, and the charity were immediately called for help.
RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor attended the grim scene.
This was a very strange and disturbing incident and we would really like to get to the bottom of what happened to this poor cat.
It looks like they may have been a black cat from the fur that you can see but the body has been so badly ripped apart that sadly it’s really hard to tell.
A vet has confirmed that they suffered broken bones and then were skinned and tied up, although the tying up was likely to have happened after they died as the rope was clean and loose.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young, lurcher dog was found limping down a country lane in Somerset.
The female dog, now known as Star and is less than a year old.
She was found on a cold afternoon at the end of January, by a member of the public down a quiet lane that runs from the village of Curry Mallet to Isle Brewers Road. She was noted to be in a terrible condition with severe mange between her toes leaving her struggling to walk.
The member of the public who found her said Star came right up to her and was obviously friendly and used to people. They also noticed that she was walking in a funny way and, feeling sorry for her, took her in for the night until she was picked up to take her to a local kennel.
The mange had left her skin raw and sore, leading the RSPCA to launch an investigation into her condition.
Poor Star was found very skinny and unkempt with skin so red raw and riddled with mange. The mange was that bad that it was even between her toes and she could barely walk. She is now thankfully being treated and cared for by the staff at our animal centre, but leaving an animal to suffer like this is just unacceptable.
When she was found she was wearing a really distinctive greyish brown webbed collar. We are hoping that this might trigger people's memories and will help us get to the bottom of exactly what has happened here.
Staff say Star is recovering well and that they hope to find her a loving home soon.
Anyone with more information is being urged to contact Inspector Pollock on the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
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The RSPCA is appealing after a terrified young puppy was left tied to a tree and surrounded by mud.
The five-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross, who has now been called Heidi, was spotted by a group of people as they were walking their dog in Creech St Michael.
The group spotted a young man running away down the canal path, and shortly after heard the sound of a distressed dog and went to investigate.
It was just coming light at the canal when these people saw what looked like a young man in his twenties running away down the canal path. He was wearing jeans and trainers. He may not be the owner of the dog but we would really like to speak to this man in case he might have seen anything that could be of use to our investigation.
Poor Heidi was clearly scared and had no idea what was happening to her. We are just thankful that she was found quickly and is now safe in our care.
They found the abandoned pooch near 20-acre field at around 7.30am on January 15.
Underweight and frightened Heidi was taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch animal centre where she was given shelter.
The RSPCA have now launched an investigation into the incident.
There are many options available to people who may be struggling with their unwanted pets and tying a young puppy to a tree without a thought of what could have happened to her as a result is an unacceptable and rather callous act.
The lead Heidi was tied up with is quite distinctive and we are appealing to anyone who may recognise the lead, her, or may have any more information about how she came to be tied to that tree.
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