The RSPCA is appealing for information to find the identity of a man who deliberately set a dog on a pet cat in Woodlands Crescent, Walsall, on the night of 23 October.

The man, who is wearing a cap and hooded jacket in the video, can be seen on video approaching the home with his lurcher-type dog. He then points a large light toward the cat, and grabs the dog’s collar to drag him over – encouraging the attack that resulted in the cat’s death. Now the RSPCA is appealing for information in case anybody recognises the man, or the dog. 

Please note that the video below contains very distressing images of the attack. 

Homeowner Gary Truefitt discovered the footage when his cat Cleo, whom he had owned for eight years, didn’t come home the following day. Gary said, “I noticed my gate was left open which was suspicious so I decided to check the CCTV and was completely shocked by what I found. I was very upset, I went to my neighbours’ house as I didn’t know what to do.

“Cleo will be very much missed, she was a daft cat in lots of ways and would lie along the driveway even when there were cars about but she was a companion to me. It’s just awful to think of her being attacked in this way.” 

RSPCA trainee inspector Fiona Howell said, “This is an extremely disturbing incident and we’d like to find out who this individual is as soon as possible. 

“We believe there may also be offences of ‘lamping’ shown here and are also liaising with the police. If anyone does recognise the individual in this footage they can contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

Currently, the maximum custodial sentence for cases of animal cruelty such as this one is of only six months. A Bill to bring the maximum up to five years was meant to become long, but found itself in a limbo due to the suspension of Parliament at the time it was supposed to go through its third reading in the House of Commons.

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