Jan 29 2013 by Alison Lowson, Perthshire Advertiser
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a cat returned home on several occasions with slash wounds and patches of hair shaved.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted by the pet’s distraught owner following the most recent incident on January 9.
Hamish, a 14-year-old ginger tom cat, returned to the family’s home in Aultbeag Road, Little Ballinluig, Grandtully, with a patch of fur having been shaved from the top of his shoulder.
Last November, Hamish required 25 stitches after returning home with two slash wounds to his front leg.
SSPCA Deputy Chief Superintendent Tom Gatherer said: “Hamish has been slashed on three occasions in the space of 18 months and we suspect these were deliberate attacks.
“These would have been deeply distressing for Hamish and he has been left with serious injuries which required veterinary treatment.
“We cannot say why he has been shaved, although the hair was removed from the areas where he was cut previously. It’s possible the person who harmed Hamish wanted to see the extent of the damage.
“Little Ballinluig is a small community and we would urge anyone with information to contact us.”
Hamish’s owner, Eileen Merry, added: “This is a really small village and Hamish never wanders far, so we think someone close by is responsible.
“Hamish is such a friendly boy and he’ll approach anyone, so this may be why he is being targeted.
“Every time he goes out I worry about him coming home with another injury or not coming back at all.
Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence and anyone found guilty can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.