Kitten mutilated and dumped in garden
THE owner of a kitten found mutilated and dumped in a Wonford garden has spoken of her devastation at the savage attack.
Mum Zoe Hoare, of Shakespeare Road, Exeter, described the sight of her pet as like something from a "horror film".
The tortoiseshell cat was discovered beheaded, skinned and soaking wet in nearby Burns Avenue.
Seven-month-old kitten Star was a present for Miss Hoare's 21-month-old daughter Frankie.
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"I just can't believe it, I feel sick all the time thinking about it," said 24-year-old Miss Hoare, who also lives with her fiance. Star was part of the family.
"We bought her for my little girl who has been in casts. We got the cat for her as she couldn't walk for seven weeks and we used to put Star on her lap. They had grown such a bond and Star used to let Frankie put her in her pram and everything.
"Luckily she is only 21 months so doesn't understand what has happened but she has been asking where Star is and we have had to tell her she has gone up in the sky."
She added: "My neighbour discovered Star and my partner went over to see her. They had covered her over but the first thing he said was 'oh my god, her head has been cut off'.
"I didn't look at first but my partner asked me what I thought. I was nearly sick, I wish I hadn't looked – it was a horrible sight. It was like a horror film. She had been drowned and her legs were snapped."
Police said a number of other cats are also understood to have gone missing from the area.
Officers have ruled out a fox attack as a possible explanation for the cat's death, due to the animal being discovered skinned.
Horrified residents in the area have spoken of their shock at the attack. Burns Avenue resident Victoria Matthews, 25, told the Echo: "It's absolutely disgusting. It makes me worry about what someone could do to my dogs."
Pat Foster, 67, of Burns Avenue, said she was now concerned for her own cat and said it was "completely shocking."
Shirley Carpenter, 64, of Shakespeare Road, said: "I've got three cats and this sort of thing makes you so worried."
PCSO Percy Giles, of Exeter's neighbourhood police team, said: "We believe the cat had been beheaded, skinned and dumped in a garden. It was found wet so we think it might have either been drowned or dunked in water during the attack. We would have otherwise put it down to foxes but this attack could not have been a fox as the cat had been skinned."
Call police on 101 with reference DE/12/8876.