CRUEL sickos are being hunted by the RSPCA after an adorable cat’s legs were broken before 31 sewing needles were fired into his body with a home-made gun prompting vets to put him down.
The black moggy named Maniek was found on June 22 limping in a neighbour’s garden two days after he went missing in Brent, North West London.
Maniek was put down after being shot with 31 sewing needles in June[/caption]
It is believed a sick attacker dislocated the cat’s legs and intentionally fired the needles into its body[/caption]
His leg joints were dislocated before he was peppered with dozens of needles as he struggled to run away .
The RSPCA appealed for witnesses to find the depraved person or persons who carried out the senseless attack on the five-year-old pet.
His distraught owners, who thought he had been hit by a car, were shocked when x-rays revealed he had 31 needles stuck inside his body.
RSPCA investigators believe the needles were fired into the feline by an adapted device.
The sharp objects were of different lengths and cut off at the top to fit into the gun, it is believed.
The pet’s hocks could have also been dislocated by a person holding Maniek so that shots could be fired at him or while he tried to get away.
Sadly, the innocent cat had to be put down due to complications in his injuries.
Serena Holmes, senior vet surgeon at Celia Hammond Animal Trust, said: “When we x-rayed Maniek we were horrified to discover these needles in his body.
“We think it would have been difficult for one individual to have carried out this awful incident on their own as the cat would have been struggling to escape.
“So we think that more than one person could have been involved in this.”
Maniek’s owners, who do not wish to be named, have been left devastated and said he suffered a previous attack where he was found glued to his owner’s roof by tail and genital area in April.
RSPCA Inspector Francesca Tambini said: “I am actually horrified to think what poor Maniek has been through, he must have been terrified and in such excruciating pain when this happened.
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“It’s likely the injuries to his legs were as a result of being held down while the device fired the needles into his poor little body.
“It just doesn’t bear thinking about.
“While we don’t know what was used to fire the needles we do think that whatever it was it had been customised for the purpose of using the needles as ammunition.
“It is vitally important that if anyone has any information as to what happened to poor Maniek to contact us
“This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and anyone getting in touch will just be helping us as part of the investigation.”
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