Detectives have again asked for help in tracing “sick and evil” thugs who pushed a firework into the bottom of a cat, blowing the pet up.
The incident took place at around 6.05pm on Saturday, November 10 last year, in Shelley Road, Wellingborough, killing Bonnie, a six-year-old cat.
Police say investigations into the incident have been continuing since it took place and officers have today re-appealed for anyone who may have any information to come forward.
A police spokesperson said: “This was an horrific act of cruelty and we would like to speak to anyone who may have any information regarding it.
“We are convinced that someone other than the offender has knowledge of this incident and we would like to speak to them.
“We would like to thank members of the public who have provided information so far.”
In a tragic twist, Buster, Bonnie’s brother, who had been standing guard over his sister’s body, was struck by a car and killed.
His body had been moved to the side of the road, away from the scene.
Speaking after the double death, the pair’s owner, who asked not to be named, said: “Buster was very protective of his sister. We have had them since they were kittens and they were inseparable. It looks as though he had stayed with her but had been hit by a car.
“I’m totally lost without them. The house seems so quiet. Every time I hear a noise I think it’s one of them coming through the door.
“I’m still coming to terms with it all. They were part of the family.
“I don’t think I’ll be getting another cat as long as I am living here, not when there’s people like that about. You wonder what they’ll do next.
“It was a cat this time but what’s after that? Another animal? A small child?”
Pc Mark Jones, who is leading the probe, said: “This is an unbelievably cruel act and we are very keen to hear from anybody who has any information which will lead to the identification of the perpetrators.
“Not only was it horrific for the poor animal involved, the witnesses and owners of the cat are understandably very distressed. I urge anybody with any information to get in touch so that we can identify and deal with whoever is responsible for this horrible act.”
Officials from a leading national animal charity have condemned the “despicable” attack and urged anyone with information to help police.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “This is a despicable act of cruelty against an innocent animal and it would have suffered a very painful death. We would urge anyone who has any information about this horrible incident to contact the police.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101.