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10 July 2012, 12:30 | Updated: 10 July 2012, 12:35
The RSPCA are investigating after the body of a cat was found in Milton Keynes' Grand Union Canal, weighted down with a breeze block.
The dead cat was found by a passer-by on the evening of Thursday 28 June 2012 near to Bridge 89, in the Peartree Bridge area of Milton Keynes.
The head of the female black and white adult cat was seen floating in the water by a member of the public and was later removed. The cat had been weighted down with a breeze block which had been tied with a blue rope.
RSPCA inspector Sue Haywood, who is investigating the incident, said: "Sadly the likelihood is that cat was drowned as I cannot imagine that someone would have done all this if the cat was already dead.
"This is an exceptionally cruel incident and this poor cat would have suffered immensely and it makes me sick to think that someone has treated it this way.
"The cat was dumped in a very busy area so we are appealing to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously and urge them to call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“The cat had no other obvious signs of injuries."