RSPCA re-appeals for information about cat hanged from motorway bridge

The RSPCA is re-appealing for information about a cat that was hanged from a motorway bridge over the M62 in West Yorkshire.

The charity was called by police and attended the scene at around 12pm on Sunday 30 September.

RSPCA Inspector, Thomas Hutton, said: “Police, along with the Highways Agency and local fire and rescue service had already got the cat down when I arrived. The male black and white ragdoll cat had been hanged using a piece of blue twine.

“He was microchipped, and I had the awful task of calling his owner to tell her what had happened. Naturally she was devastated.”

The sic-month-old cat, called Hugo, was first spotted by a member of the public at 10:15am hanging from the bridge on the M62 westbound just before junction 33 at Ferrybridge.

Speaking earlier this month, owner Lorna Taylor, said: “I last saw him on Saturday night. I was pulling sticky buds out of his fur. I had only had him for a short time, but it’s absolutely devastating to think what has happened to him. He was a very bold cat and he would have fought his corner. Whoever did this must be covered in scratches.”

The RSPCA think that the incident must have happened sometime between 9pm on Saturday 29 September and 10:15 am on Sunday 30 September.

RSPCA Inspector Hutton said: “Shockingly, I believe Hugo was probably alive when he as hanged. He had trauma to his neck and there were no other obvious physical injuries. He was clearly a healthy cat a day before.

“It’s very difficult to imagine how anyone could do such a sadistic thing and I’m urging anyone who has any specific information at all to get in touch. We have had some information come in, but we need more.

“Think about this cat, this owner and what it would be like if this was your pet. Please call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”