A cat has been 'very badly mutilated' over the weekend and was left 'displayed' in a front garden in Northampton.
The cat was found near Bants Lane yesterday morning after an attack in Duston.
A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said the incident happened overnight and police were called at 10.24am yesterday morning (Sunday, October 8). The incident is now currently under investigation.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “The RSPCA has received an alleged report of a mutilated cat which was found in Duston, Northampton on Sunday, October 8.
“These deaths are very upsetting for the cat owners. However, we want to reassure pet owners that thankfully acts of deliberate violence against cats are rare.
“Severe injuries can be caused by accidents, such as being hit by a vehicle, and research has shown that injuries can often be caused by wildlife after death. This predation can leave a very clean wound which can easily be confused with a knife wound.
“If anyone has any information about how this cat died we would ask them to contact us on the 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.”
Back in August this year, a pet cat had it's head, limbs and ears cut off before being placed on a doorstep in Kingsley. At the time, police said the incident happened only a few days after the owner's other cat was found killed in the Kingsley area after being deliberately set on fire.