The RSPCA is appealing to members of the public for help after the body of a dead cat was found crammed into a communal locker opposite a block of flats in Hanwell.
A concerned member of the public discovered the cat handing from the side of a shed on Alton Court in Copley Close on the morning of 16 November 2023. The cat was partially decomposed and may have died a few days previously before being left in what was found. A dog bed, tea towel and red plastic TK Maxx bag were also found near the body.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Rebecca Hood is leading the investigation. Officer Hood said: “It’s hard to tell how long the poor cat has been dead for due to the state of decomposition, though there were fresh faeces underneath the body. It’s absolutely baffling, it does appear there was malicious intent as a bed and other items have been dumped and the cat’s body has been left in a very unnatural position.”
Officer Hood added: “This was an absolutely horrendous way to treat this poor young cat. The cat’s face was so badly decomposed it was unrecognisable. He or she was black and white and wearing a baby blue collar. Perhaps someone will recognise them from the description. We’re appealing for information in case anybody knows anything about this incident, or who may have owned this poor cat.”
According to the RSPCA, the cat was not microchipped but is appealing for any information as to who may have owned the black and white cat and to call its inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. The RSPCA said all calls will be treated in confidence.