UPDATE: A man suspected of mutilating a cat and using its blood to scrawl a threat on an Arundel home has been released without charge.
Police interviewed a man at 8pm on Tuesday night but released him two hours later without charge.
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Supterintendent Des Lacy told The Bulletin police, “We have spoken to somebody but we haven’t got any closer to charging somebody as there is insufficient evidence at this stage.”
“There have been disputes with this group in the past and it is a spider’s web of people.”
Police are continuing to interview people over the incident and are hoping to retrieve CCTV in the area.
EARLIER: A CAT has been killed and a car destroyed by a suspicious fire in Arundel early this morning.
Just before 2.45am, police were called to an address on Hazel Court in response to a vehicle on fire in the front driveway.
It is believed a loud explosion alerted residents and neighbours to the blaze.
Police found a deceased cat near the vehicle, the body of which was severely mutilated.
It’s reported the cat had been decapitated and had its paws cut off.
The words “‘whers my money tik tok’ were also scrawled across the garage door of the house using the animal’s blood.
Nobody was injured during the incident and investigations are continuing.
Animal torturers now face up to seven years jail under a tough new serious animal cruelty offence introduced in March this year.
The new indictable offence of serious animal cruelty targets those who intentionally inflict severe pain and suffering upon an animal.
“Animals feel fear and pain just like us and inflicting suffering on them is inexcusable,” Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said.
“We have shared the community’s frustration when offenders, who have done terrible things to animals, walk from court without serving any jail time. This new offence will send a clear message that serious animal cruelty will not be tolerated.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.