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Cat killed after fireworks are strapped to it and set off

A man found the cat still alive but in an awful state and it died shortly afterwards.

The cat was found in Thorndike Avenue in Alvaston
The cat was found in Thorndike Avenue in Alvaston Google Street View

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cat was killed after allegedly having two fireworks strapped to it, that were then set off.

Sam Copeland-Whelan said she was heartbroken when her brother called her to tell her he had found the cat, still alive, in Thorndike Avenue in Derby on Saturday afternoon.

Sam's brother called her to warn her to keep her cats safe. It's not known who the dead cat belonged to.

He also called an emergency vet, but the cat had died by the time they arrived shortly afterwards.

This is horrific, it's upset me so much. My brother told me straight away and then phoned one of our local vets who came straight to the scene. He said when he came across it the cat was still alive, although it was in a very bad way. It had been tortured. It had two firework rockets attached to it. All of its fur was no longer on it and one of its legs had been ripped off. The fireworks had gone off. It looked appalling and by the time the emergency vet came to the scene it had sadly died. It did well to survive so long. It's so sad and tragic. My brother believes the cat was pinned down and then had the rockets attached to its body. I'm gutted. I have six cats myself and they are my babies. How a so-called human being can do this to a cat is absolutely beyond me. It's vile. I'm now keeping all of my cats inside until Bonfire Night blows over. I'm not taking the the risk and I would urge all other cat owners to do the same thing. If anybody did anything like that to my cats I would be absolutely destroyed. It's one of those things that nobody can understand. It's really shocked my brother. He did the right thing by phoning the vets. It's an absolute tragedy. It's making me sick thinking that somebody is out there doing that sort of thing.
Sam Copeland-Whelan

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said they are appealing for members of the public to get in touch with them.

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