Gravesend family left distraught after cat found killed and mutilated

PUBLISHED: 09:35 06 January 2011

Avis, left, with daughter Kerrie

Avis, left, with daughter Kerrie


A last-minute Christmas shopping trip turned to horror as a mother and daughter found their pet cat cruelly killed and stuck on a fence yards from their home.

The black and white fluffy female cat, called Ellie, was wedged in the metal spikes and her tail had also been severed.

Ellie belonged to heartbroken Kerrie Excell, 19 and on Tuesday she and her mother Avis Parker, 43, joined the RSPCA in appealing for information, or the person responsible to own up.

The duo were walking from their home in Shamrock Road, Gravesend, into town on Christmas Eve lunchtime.

Mrs Parker said: “We were walking along Havengore Avenue and Kerri turned absolutely white. She said, ‘it looks like Ellie up that alleyway’.

“We found her on the metal fence. We were really shocked. It could not have been a dog or fox because how could she was found. There was no indication how she got there.

“We could not focus on anything over Christmas because we were so upset. She was one of the family.

“I am very angry and upset, and I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this to come forward.”

RSPCA Inspector Alison Fletcher supplied a picture of the dead cat to the Reporter which we chose not to publish due to its disturbing nature.

She said: “We think Ellie was put there deliberately as it is unlikely that she could have climbed up there. She had no other injuries, apart from her tail being cut off.”

Miss Excell said Ellie would have been three in March and had been missing for a couple of days. They had been joined by her eight-year-old brother Jack in a search of the area the day of the discovery.

Inspector Fletcher added: “We are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious from mid-morning through lunchtime on Christmas Eve to come forward.

“The family had been out looking for Ellie and had already looked in the area of the fence, so we can pin point the time she was left there fairly exactly.

“The fence is at the end of an alley way near the family’s home. It is overlooked by a row of houses in Havengore Avenue, so it is possible that someone could have seen something.”

It is not known how Ellie died, or if she was already dead when she was put up on the fence. Call RSPCA on 0300 123 4999 with information.

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