RSPCA Queensland have put forward a $5,000 reward to help catch the person who savagely decapitated a cat and left a blood-written message on the garage door of a Gold Coast home this morning.
The cat was found by police attending the scene of an arson attack in which a car was set on fire outside an Arundel home.
The body of the severely mutilated cat was found nearby.
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Its head had been decapitated and all four paws had been cut off, with its blood appearing to have been used to write a threatening message on the garage door of the home.
RSPCA Qld CEO Mark Townend said he was offering the $5,000 reward to ensure those responsible were brought to justice.
“They cannot get away with this. This is one of the worst acts of animal cruelty that the RSPCA has seen. This cat suffered a horrific, gruesome and painful death,” Mr. Townend said.
“And it didn’t end there. To use its blood to write graffiti just shows a total lack of respect for this animal’s life.”
Mr Townend said that he feared there was a real risk of the offender engaging in further acts of animal cruelty or worse.
“This person is not normal. If they’ve done this once, they can do it again. And next time it might be to another person. Research shows that many people who commit acts of violence towards other people have a history of cruelty to animals. It’s a stepping stone to violence against people.
“That’s why we need to find the person responsible for this horrific crime and ensure that the full force of the law is applied to them.
“Recently we congratulated the Attorney General, Jarrod Bleijie, and the State Government for introducing tough new changes to the Criminal Code and this case may be a candidate for those new laws.”
RSPCA Qld is offering the $5,000 reward for information leading to the Animal Cruelty conviction of the person(s) responsible for the attack on the cat.
Anyone with information that might assist with this investigation should contact the RSPCA (phone 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Crime Stoppers (phone 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au).