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SICKENING: Owner finds cat with its head cut off; ? Pensioner's heartache after grisly discovery ? Tail was also severed after pet goes missing.

Byline: ANDY RICHARDSON Staff Reporter andy.richardsontrinitymirror.com

AHEARTBROKEN pensioner has described the moment she discovered her beloved cat's mutilated body with its head and tail sliced off in a sick attack.

Brenda Hearndon, aged 74, from Cannock, said the attack on 18 month old Ellie-May had left her sickened. It is her third cat to have been killed or gone missing over the last year and fears there is a twisted cat killer out there.

Brenda, from Lincoln Drive, said: "A neighbour living a couple of doors down from me knocked on my door and asked if my cat was missing. I told him I hadn't seen Ellie-May for a couple of days and I was concerned. He said he had found a black and white cat in the rear of his garden. I couldn't believe it when he told me the head and tail was missing. It was just devastating but I needed to take a look.

"He helped me search for the head and tail but it was nowhere to be seen. I took the body to the vets and the vet said a sharp instrument like a knife had been used to cut off the head and tail. Whoever did this is just sick.

"I have had a couple of cats go missing over the last year - just disappear off the face of the earth. Now I believe some sick person is out there targeting cats.

"Ellie-May was a lovely little thing. She was dumped 10 months ago with 12 kittens and she worked so hard bringing these up. She was a very timid cat but very affectionate towards me. It is heartbreaking."

The animal's body was found in the garden of Lincoln Drive on March 25.

RSPCA inspector Kate Levesley urged members of the public who may have information to come forward.

She said: "This is very sad and it would have been very unpleasant for the person who found her. We do not know for certain how Ellie-May died, whether it was by the hands of a cruel human being or whether she died naturally and her head was eaten by wildlife - however we cannot rule anything out.

"If this was done deliberately, it does not bear thinking about how terrified Ellie-May may have been in her last moments.

"It is so important to know why this happened to her, therefore we are appealing for anyone who has any information on what happened to this poor cat to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018."

Whoever did this is just sick. I've had a couple of cats go missing - now I believe some sick person is out there targeting cats.

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| Brenda Herndon pictured with Badger, the last of Ellie-Mays'kittens

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