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The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a spate of incidents around the Campbeltown area where one cat has died and several others have been injured, or gone missing.
The striking similarity in the injuries and the rise in the number of cats missing has sparked concern.
The animal welfare charity is investigating a number of incidents where cats have suffered similar injuries to the base of the tail, including Scottish SPCA auxiliary inspector Enid McMurchy’s own cat.
Enid said: ‘The injury to my cat, Tali, happened on October 19 last year.
‘Tali was a rescue kitten found under the bonnet of an abandoned car on a remote forestry road in Connel, Oban. I adopted her as my son got very attached to her.
‘On January 20 this year another cat at the Sound of Kintyre was taken to the vet with the exact same injury. There were no other visible marks on either cat, apart from the tail being broken as if it had been violently pulled or trapped in something.
‘Tali was extremely lucky as she recovered, but the other cat sadly had to be put to sleep due to the nerve damage it had suffered.
‘There have been numerous cats with unexplained injuries in the local area. Some cats have gone missing and not been found. Others have been returned after their owners post on social media about them going missing.
‘At present we don’t know if these incidents are linked but we are concerned about the similarity of the injuries the cats have sustained and the number of cats affected.
‘We would advise cat owners in the area to be vigilant.’
Anyone in the area with any information should contact the SSPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999. Information can be provided anonymously and will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Police Scotland is also carrying out investigations to determine if there is any criminality in relation to the injured cats. Anyone with information can phone 101 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.