An RSPCA investigation has been launched after cat found strangled in a Northampton garden.
Chica, a female cat aged around eight, was found by a man in his garden in Trentham Close, East Hunsbury, on Saturday November 12.
The tabby-and-white cat had green-coloured string around her neck and appeared to have been strangled. It is thought that her body had been thrown over into the garden from an alleyway which runs behind it.
RSPCA inspector Susan Haywood, who is investigating, said: “Chica was microchipped and so we were able to trace her owners, who live not far from where she was found. Understandably, they are absolutely devastated.
“It does appear that Chica has been strangled and we cannot rule out the possibility that this was done deliberately, which would have been incredibly distressing and left her absolutely petrified.
“If so then there is a cruel and callous person out there and I hope anyone who knows anything comes forward so nothing like this happens again.”
People with information which could help the RSPCA’s investigation is asked to call 0300 123 8018 in complete confidence.
Inspector Haywood added: “Chica was described by her owners as being an adventurous cat who lived life to the full. She was clearly a much-loved cat who brought her family a lot of happiness.”