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9 September 2013, 13:05
Police are investigating after a cat was found strangled in Bury St Edmunds.
The male cat called Marley was let out by his owners on Tuesday night and the attack is thought to have happened sometime between then and when he was found yesterday evening.
The black and brown tabby, had not returned to his home in the Vineyards after being let out and owner had been out searching for the cat, which was eventually found nearby by a neighbour.
Gaffer tape had been wrapped tightly around its neck and there was also a deep laceration around its neck which may have been caused by the tape.
Owner Jennifer Pettit, 46, said she and her daughter had been left devastated by the death of the five-year-old cat.
She added: "You worry when you let your cat out that it might go missing or be hit by a car.
"But what's happened is unimaginable - it would never have occurred to me that somebody would deliberately do this to an innocent animal.
"My cat was categorically murdered. He was strangled to death and his throat cut open.
"I've no idea why anybody would do this to him or to us but the worry is, if they've done it once, they'll do it again so it's important that they are caught.''
Police are now looking into the case and anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact PC Stephanie Rose at Bury St Edmunds Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.