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Cat found hung with twine noose on London housing estate


Barbed wire and twine against breeze block wall used to hang cat © RSPCA

We're launching an investigation after a woman discovered the body of a cat hanging from barbed wire with a twine noose. 

A woman contacted us on Sunday evening (4 June) after finding the dead sandy ginger tabby cat hanging by his neck from a string of barbed wire attached to a brick and breeze block wall in Besant Way, Neasden.

RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector (DCI) Nicole Broster, who's investigating the incident said:

I was concerned when the call came in and when I arrived at the scene I was absolutely horrified at what I saw.

This poor cat was left hanging from his throat, attached to the barbed wire with a twine noose, about 4ft above the ground.

At this point we cannot be a 100 percent sure whether he was dead before being hung up like this, or whether this is how he died. However I highly suspect from the evidence found that he was alive when he was strung up and put in the noose . It is awfully distressing to think he may have suffered so unimaginably.

The unneutered male cat had no microchip and no identification tag or collar.

Calls to our appeal line

Nicole added:

What’s particularly concerning is that this is a busy housing estate and the cat’s body was in full view from the road yet we only received one report to our cruelty line. Other people must have seen him or may even have seen what happened.

I’d appeal to anyone with any information about who may own this cat or what happened to him to get in touch with us by calling our appeal line on 0300 1234 999.

It's illegal, under the Animal Welfare Act, to cause suffering to any animal. If prosecuted under this legislation then someone could face six months in prison and/or a £20,000 fine.

Anyone with welfare concerns for an animal can call our 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

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