A SIXTH cat has been found maimed and dead near Greenock, following the grim discovery of five dead cats in the same area last fortnight.
An RSPCA spokesperson said the sixth deceased cat was found on Saturday morning, with its state of decomposition indicating it was likely killed and dumped at around the same time as the other five cats.
“It was found by the same person who discovered the other cats, and again while she was walking her dog,” the spokesperson said.
“This cat was hanging from a fence, its tail degloved and its hind legs appeared to have been tied together.
“It was also on Victor Road at Greenock, but closer to Greenock – about 20 metres from the corner of Victor and Parbs roads.”
Five dead cats were previously found on Victor Road on Saturday, May 26, with all five suffering head injuries.
One cat had its tail removed, one of the cat’s tails was broken, and two of the cats’ tails had been skinned.
One cat was microchipped, with its owner identified as being a Greenock resident, while four cats remain unidentified.
The sixth cat was microchipped and the owners, from Nuriootpa, have since been notified.
Police are yet to receive any information from the public that identifies a suspect.
The RSPCA has urged people to keep their cats contained to their properties and to bring them indoors at night.
“We also encourage people to have their cats microchipped, and to ensure that all the contact details are up to date, for identification,” the spokesperson said.
Anyone who may have information that will assist with the investigation is asked to urgently contact RSPCA South Australia’s 24-hour cruelty hotline on 1300 477 722.