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Gloucestershire Police have made an urgent appeal as they investigate an incident of animal cruelty.
A cat was found outside an animal shelter on the Bristol Road in Whitminster on Tuesday morning with serious injuries.
Daisy, a tabby cat, was suffering from broken teeth, a black eye, a dislocated tail, bruising and internal injuries.
Officers believe the cat was intentionally harmed and are eager to see the offenders brought to justice.
Inspector Tony Jones from the local policing team, said: “This was a truly hideous crime and it’s hard to comprehend why someone would want to do such a terrible thing.
"We would like to reassure people that we are doing all we can to find out who is responsible and that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in Gloucestershire.
"We are urging anyone who was in the area yesterday morning that may have seen the cat being left by the offender to contact us".
Gloucestershire Police are working with the RSPCA on the investigation.
RSPCA Inspector Phil Mann said: "This is an appalling incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact to the police."
You can call police on 0845 090 1234 quoting incident number 483 of April 15 or stay anonymous by reporting information via the Crimestoppers website or by calling 0800 555 111.