[from Islington Gazette]
Cat rescued after cruel bleach attack
29 October 2008
|The injured cat – its wounds clearly visible above its eye and on its left cheek – after being captured|
A CAT has been horribly injured in a suspected bleach attack – as RSPCA volunteers warn that cruelty attacks on the creatures are becoming increasingly regular.
The animal charity was called by concerned members of the public who said a terrified cat was running around in Woodfall Road, Finsbury Park, with neck injuries.
|RSPCA officer Natalie Pichfield: “”I have seen so many attacks like this|
At first it was thought the cat had been attacked with an axe. But after an RSPCA officer finally caught the trembling animal she found there were several wounds that would be consistent with a corrosive liquid being poured over it.
RSPCA animal collection officer Natalie Pitchfield said: “From a distance he looked like he had been stabbed. But up close it looks like he has had bleach thrown over him. There is no way those injuries have come from fighting other cats.”
Ms Pitchfield added: “I have seen so many attacks like this now that I have started to become immune to it all. But you still question the state of the human race when people can do this.”
Also at the scene were two RSPCA volunteers, one of whom found a severed cat’s head six months ago in Wray Crescent park, off Thorpedale Park, also in Finsbury Park.
She said: “This sort of thing is going on too much nowadays. There is so much cruelty to cats going on, especially black cats. People need to be aware of it.”
She added: “We have known this stray cat was around for ages but until now we were never able to catch him, he is too wise. Now we need someone to offer him a good home.”
If you can offer a loving home to the cat – or if you have any information about who may have injured it – call the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.