The RSPCA is investigating after a pet cat was found bound with cable ties and covered in a green substance with a note saying, “Keep your cat locked up or else”.
The cat’s owner told the RSPCA the cable ties were bound very tightly to the cat’s neck, tail and leg when it was found in the suburb of Research in Melbourne’s north-east last month.
The cat had been let out of its home early in the morning and returned home two hours later bound, with the cable ties and covered in an “unknown green substance”.
Karen Collier, an RSPCA Victoria inspector, said the cable ties were “extremely tight” and could have caused permanent damage to the cat.
“They were restricting the blood flow in those areas,” she said.
“If they’d been left and not removed and restricted the blood flow for an extended period of time, that may have started to cause death in the tissues underneath.”
She said physical abuse inflicted on cats who have strayed into neighbouring backyards is quite common.
“Unfortunately, we do receive regular reports of abuse to cats that have wandered away from home,” Ms Collier said.
“They are often subjected to cruelty such as illegal traps, being locked in sheds or under houses and being shot with rifles or bows.”
Ms Collier urged anyone with information on the incident, which occurred on September 30, to contact the RSPCA.
People found guilty of animal cruelty offences in Victoria can face fines of up to $40,000 or a year in jail.