The latest animal was found stuffed inside two bags at Black Carr woods, West Yorkshire (Picture: RSPCA/Stephen Craven/Geograph)
Fears are growing that a serial cat killer may be on the loose after a fourth feline was found dead in the same woods in less than a year.
All four animals were also discovered by a dog walker in Black Carr Woods in Pudsey, West Yorkshire.
The latest incident involved a female tortoiseshell kitten, believed to be around four months old.
She was found on a path near the Ned Lane entrance on January 30 having been cruelly dumped in a sandbag among the trees.
Before being put in the sandbag the kitten was stuffed inside a reusable Christmas shopping bag and showed signs of mouth trauma and wounds on her neck.
The same dog walker is also said to have found two dead adult cats in the same location last summer and one in October.
The animal was in a shopping bag inside a sandbag which had been dumped among the trees (Picture: RSPCA)
The Christmas Shopping bag is believed to be from The Works stationary shop (Picture: RSPCA)
The kitten was found near the entrance to Black Carr Wood off Ned Lane(Picture: Stephen Craven/Geograph)
One of them, which was taken to the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, had a wound to the midriff area.
The RSPCA, the UK’s largest animal welfare charity, has described the number of deaths in the same area as ‘extremely concerning’ and are treating all four as ‘suspicious’.
RSPCA animal rescue officer Hannah Williams has been to the area and made enquiries. The local council has also been informed.
She said: ‘It appears that someone is deliberately going out of their way to go to this area, walk along a quiet footpath and then cruelly discard their unwanted pets and we don’t know if they are alive at the time or already dead – but is obviously disturbing.
‘We’re extremely concerned about how this little kitten may have sustained her injuries, as well as the welfare of her mum, possible siblings and other cats that may also belong to the person or people who are doing this.
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‘The fact it’s happened before at this location leads us to believe the incidents may be linked, but we need people with first-hand information to help us.
‘Does anyone recognise the bags, seen suspicious activity in the area or have first-hand information that could help us? If so, please get in touch as a matter of urgency.’
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