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Cat owner talks of kitten terror

PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

A DISTRAUGHT cat owner told today how she has been left devastated after her beloved kitten was tortured and killed.

Tearful Terri Anderson has branded the people who attacked four month old Sooty as "evil" after her cat had to be put down because of its horrific injuries.

A DISTRAUGHT cat owner told today how she has been left devastated after her beloved kitten was tortured and killed.

Tearful Terri Anderson has branded the people who attacked four month old Sooty as "evil" after her cat had to be put down because of its horrific injuries.

The trusting little black kitten had been found, with a burned face and a punctured lung, close to Gainsborough Sports Centre.

Miss Anderson listened in horror when a friend told her that the pet she had seen born had had his whiskers burned from his face in the sickening attack.

She said: "I think these people are evil and cruel. I just don't see how they can do something like that to a defenceless little kitten."

Miss Anderson's three-year-old daughter Charlotte is bewildered at the disappearance of the family pet.

Sooty had been missing from home for four days before Miss Anderson found out exactly what had happened to her last Saturday.

She also heard that someone had tried to stop a gang of youths attacking a black cat, which she believes was Sooty, and wants to thank that person.

Fighting back the tears once more, the 21-year-old mother said: "I just want to thank that person very much for trying to stop what was being done."

Miss Anderson realised that something was wrong when Sooty failed to return home after being let out on Tuesday afternoon last week.

But it was several days later before a neighbour who works for a cat protection centre where Sooty was taken, came to tell Miss Anderson the horrible truth.

She said: "I asked if I could have Sooty back to bury him but apparently a lady from Kesgrave had found him and taken him to the vets.

"There was nothing they could do so she took him home and buried him."

Mark Thompson, Chief Inspector of the RSPCA, Suffolk said of the attack: "If the injuries were caused by a third party we would certainly investigate with a view to prosecution."

He added that a punctured lung could be caused by a kick or a punch to the animal's tiny frame or by a broken rib.

Inspector Andy Solomon from Ipswich police is also keen to investigate the matter.

He said: "We do not know what happened during this attack but it appears that it could be a sickening crime in which a defenceless animal suffered greatly.

"If this is the case we would like to apprehend the persons responsible for this crime and would appeal to anyone who may have information relating to this incident to call us as soon as possible."

Anyone with information should call Inspector Solomon at Ipswich Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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