A York family have spoken of their shock after their beloved kitten was attacked and left dying on a doorstep.
Luna was just seven months old.
She went missing from her Haxby home on Thursday and her owner Adrienne Hollins and her family went looking for her.
They found Luna on a doorstep in Green Dyke, close to Wigginton Primary School.
She had been savagely attacked by a person or people. Her back was covered in blood. She had been kicked in the stomach. Someone had tried to rip off her tail as well as inflicting other horrific injuries.
They rushed her to the emergency vet. “The vet had never seen something so vile in his career,” Adrienne said.
“The team worked on her all through the night with X-rays and immense pain killers, but sadly she passed away in the early hours with complete and utter nerve damage to the back end of her beautiful body.”
Luna had quickly become a beloved member of the family after they lost their previous cat Milo to cancer. Adrienne’s five-year-old twins were devoted to their kitten.
She said the horrific events had hit her hard. “I had to take a day off work completely grief stricken – not to mention throwing up at the thought of what sick individual or individuals would do this.”
Adrienne is appealing for information about the attackers. Anyone who has any information, or caught any relevant footage on CCTV or doorbell cameras, is urged to contact her via Facebook.
This weekend family and friends are distributing posters asking for help around Haxby and Wiggington.
Meanwhile, Adrienne had this message: “Haxby, Wigginton beware – we have a cat killer living amongst us.”
She shared the shocking story on Facebook, where it has provoked consternation and anger. One person replied: “This is absolutely horrendous behaviour. I have never heard or read anything so disgusting.”
Another said: “I am absolutely horrified to read your story about your adorable little cat. I am sickened to the stomach to imagine that anyone could do something like this.”