The fully grown cat with twine embedded in its skin was discovered by a family in a disused shed in the garden of their home late on Monday. The cats legs had swelled severely.
The vet who treated the cat said the swelling will have to reside before he knows if it will survive.
It took at least two people, one to hold the cat down and the other to put on the string, to inflict such hardship on the animal, Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) inspector Conor Dowling said.
“This cat was in considerable distress. His feet are swollen to over twice their normal size and the inside of its legs were rubbing together so much that the smell from them is terrible. The vet who examined him thinks this injury is a few days old,” he said.
The ISPCA was contacted when a family found the cat in a disused dog kennel on their property at Castle Gardens, Edenderry on the Offaly/Kildare border. It wasn’t until the inspector arrived that they knew exactly how injured the pet was. Officers caring for the black tomcat last night named him Bilbo.
“This is quite a big cat so it would have been difficult to get the rope on.
“Thankfully this sort of cruelty for kicks is rare. Most of the cases we come across involve neglect. Someone presumably did this for fun.”
Officials are anxious to catch those involved and have appealed to anyone with information to contact the ISPCA on (048) 9081424.
The maximum penalty which can be imposed against anyone convicted of such cruelty is a fine of less than €2,000, and/or six months imprisonment.
Mr Dowling said he’s been working with the ISPCA for six years and said that this was the worst case of mindless, malicious cruelty he had ever seen.