Cruelty inspectors probe headless cat find near Galashiels

A DECAPITATED cat has been found on a housing estate near Galashiels - prompting a probe by police and the Scottish SPCA, writes Bob Burgess.

The grim discovery was made on Friday, August 31 but details were only released by police today.

A dog-walker found the body with the head and collar lying alongside. The family pet was found at the rear of Tweedbank community centre.

Inspector Mike Wynne of Lothian and Borders Police commented: “This is a despicable act and is of considerable distress to the family who are devastated at the loss of their pet.”

The death has raised concerns amongst cat owners on the estate.. One, who asked not top be named, told TheSouthern: “I am a cat lover and have three. This is a terrible, terrible thing to happen.

“It was a friend of mine who has been looking after the cat since April when some people moved away.

“It happened at night because she let the cat out at night and normally let it back in in the morning. I just hope they catch whoever did it.”

Scottish SPCA Chief Inspector Paul Anderson commented: “This appears to have been a particularly horrific act of cruelty on a much loved pet and we would urge anyone with information to contact the police or ourselves as soon as possible.”

Information can be passed to the police on 0131 311 313; Crimestoppers with anonymity on 0800 555 11 or the SSPCA helpline on 03000 999 999