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Decapitated cat found in Peacehaven garden as pigeons are discovered shot in Hove

The Argus: One of the injured pigeons One of the injured pigeons

A CAT has been decapitated and pigeons shot in a series of animal cruelty incidents across Sussex this week.

A domestic cat found with no head in a Peacehaven garden has been reported to Sussex Police by a horrified vet.

A force spokeswoman said police had no idea how the cat – which also had a missing leg and tail – had been injured.

The RSCPA is separately investigating violent thugs shooting pigeons in Hove.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “A decapitated cat was found in the back garden of a house in Capel Avenue, Peacehaven, by the home owner on Monday at 8.20am.

“The cat was also missing its front leg and its tail. It is not known who the cat belonged to and it was not microchipped.

“The incident was reported to the police wildlife officer for the area.”

Three shot birds were found in Sackville Road near the railway bridge on Tuesday. It follows an incident a few weeks ago in which three other birds were found dead.

Two pigeons were found in the alleyway behind a back garden, already dead, and a third injured bird was found inside the garden. They were taken to the vet who found a bullet in the body of the injured bird, which had to be put down.

RSPCA inspector Tony Pritchard said: “There are too many coincidences here for this to have been a one off occurrence or an accident - we are seriously concerned someone is intentionally shooting birds and may continue to do so unless they are stopped.

“It is likely that all the birds were left to suffer a long lingering death - as would have happened to the injured bird had these kind people not called us.

“We would like to remind people it is an offence to intentionally injure wild animals in this way and urge anyone who knows anything about the shootings to let us know.”

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, killing or injuring a bird can result in a six-month prison sentence or a £5,000 fine.

Anyone who knows who is responsible for shooting the birds should call 0300 123 8018.

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8:42am Fri 18 Jul 14

Tom V says...

That's horrific. Poor cat. Unless it was a house on one of the corners of this three-part road, the back gardens in Capel can only have things thrown over the fences by the houses surrounding them. There are some beautiful cats in the street, awful to think this has happened to one of them.
That's horrific. Poor cat. Unless it was a house on one of the corners of this three-part road, the back gardens in Capel can only have things thrown over the fences by the houses surrounding them. There are some beautiful cats in the street, awful to think this has happened to one of them. Tom V
  • Score: 30

11:33am Fri 18 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It's a known fact that people who start off hurting animals go on to kill humans - so think about this and report who ever did it before they kill or torture you or someone you know.
It's a known fact that people who start off hurting animals go on to kill humans - so think about this and report who ever did it before they kill or torture you or someone you know. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 10

12:27pm Fri 18 Jul 14

winged says...

my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.
my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently. winged
  • Score: 7

12:50pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Fight_Back says...

winged wrote:
my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.
When I've phoned the RSPCA or the Trevor Weeks rescue service about injured animals they haven't seemed that bothered. Thankfully the local vet has always helped out.
[quote][p][bold]winged[/bold] wrote: my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.[/p][/quote]When I've phoned the RSPCA or the Trevor Weeks rescue service about injured animals they haven't seemed that bothered. Thankfully the local vet has always helped out. Fight_Back
  • Score: 14

6:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

plantwoman says...

winged wrote:
my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.
We've had a trapped fox cub and an injured gull before now and both times the RSPCA have refused to come out.
[quote][p][bold]winged[/bold] wrote: my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.[/p][/quote]We've had a trapped fox cub and an injured gull before now and both times the RSPCA have refused to come out. plantwoman
  • Score: 7

8:28pm Fri 18 Jul 14

vogon1 says...

Humans really are the most awful species. This planet and life upon it will be so much richer for mankinds demise.
Humans really are the most awful species. This planet and life upon it will be so much richer for mankinds demise. vogon1
  • Score: 7

8:37pm Fri 18 Jul 14

melee says...

They've no idea how the cat was injured? Surely there's a strong possibility it was attacked by a fox given the nature of the injuries.
They've no idea how the cat was injured? Surely there's a strong possibility it was attacked by a fox given the nature of the injuries. melee
  • Score: 3

11:02am Sat 19 Jul 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

If you find any injured wildlife the best people to call are the WRAS - I've called them several times and they have always been brilliant.

They have a 24 hour RESCUE HOTLINE
Call on 07815 078 234
If you find any injured wildlife the best people to call are the WRAS - I've called them several times and they have always been brilliant. They have a 24 hour RESCUE HOTLINE Call on 07815 078 234 getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 3

1:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Juleyanne says...

There are some seriously sick, twisted evil lowlifes about. Residents must be vigilant and report to police and RSPCA any suspicious activity. Wildlife Rescue organisations such as WRAS and Rogers Wildlife Rescue do a fantastic job helping wildlife and such charities need support, donations, fundraising and rely on volunteers. This time of year is always extremely busy for them with fledging season upon us. People can help by taking any injured wildlife to them where possible. If lines are busy where advice is sought people should take them to their nearest local vet without delay.
There are some seriously sick, twisted evil lowlifes about. Residents must be vigilant and report to police and RSPCA any suspicious activity. Wildlife Rescue organisations such as WRAS and Rogers Wildlife Rescue do a fantastic job helping wildlife and such charities need support, donations, fundraising and rely on volunteers. This time of year is always extremely busy for them with fledging season upon us. People can help by taking any injured wildlife to them where possible. If lines are busy where advice is sought people should take them to their nearest local vet without delay. Juleyanne
  • Score: 3

2:37am Sun 20 Jul 14

boo2005 says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
It's a known fact that people who start off hurting animals go on to kill humans - so think about this and report who ever did it before they kill or torture you or someone you know.
as humans we have the highest capacity for structured thought, although these days you would never guess, too high a percentage of the world's population is becoming increasingly ignorant, selfish, savage and without intelligent thought!.......we have the power to change things that go bad in the world, if only there was enough human intelligence on the planet to make that happen!.....thank bloody jesus I'm old and wont have to experience much more of the future, which seems to be sliding down a massive slope to destrucion, unless the emergency services can be called in time!...call me mr cynic or mr realist, they are the same person!
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: It's a known fact that people who start off hurting animals go on to kill humans - so think about this and report who ever did it before they kill or torture you or someone you know.[/p][/quote]as humans we have the highest capacity for structured thought, although these days you would never guess, too high a percentage of the world's population is becoming increasingly ignorant, selfish, savage and without intelligent thought!.......we have the power to change things that go bad in the world, if only there was enough human intelligence on the planet to make that happen!.....thank bloody jesus I'm old and wont have to experience much more of the future, which seems to be sliding down a massive slope to destrucion, unless the emergency services can be called in time!...call me mr cynic or mr realist, they are the same person! boo2005
  • Score: 0

2:43am Sun 20 Jul 14

boo2005 says...

plantwoman wrote:
winged wrote:
my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.
We've had a trapped fox cub and an injured gull before now and both times the RSPCA have refused to come out.
as humans we have the highest capacity for structured thought, although these days you would never guess, too high a percentage of the world's population is becoming increasingly ignorant, selfish, savage and without intelligent thought!.......we have the power to change things that go bad in the world, if only there was enough human intelligence on the planet to make that happen!.....thank bloody jesus I'm old and wont have to experience much more of the future, which seems to be sliding down a massive slope to destrucion, unless the emergency services can be called in time!...call me mr cynic or mr realist, they are the same person!
[quote][p][bold]plantwoman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]winged[/bold] wrote: my mother found a seagull in her back garden where she lives in saltdean at the weekend that had a bullet in its wing, still alive. she called the RSPCA and they said she didnt have anyone to come out for it... they wasnt particularly bothered apparently.[/p][/quote]We've had a trapped fox cub and an injured gull before now and both times the RSPCA have refused to come out.[/p][/quote]as humans we have the highest capacity for structured thought, although these days you would never guess, too high a percentage of the world's population is becoming increasingly ignorant, selfish, savage and without intelligent thought!.......we have the power to change things that go bad in the world, if only there was enough human intelligence on the planet to make that happen!.....thank bloody jesus I'm old and wont have to experience much more of the future, which seems to be sliding down a massive slope to destrucion, unless the emergency services can be called in time!...call me mr cynic or mr realist, they are the same person! boo2005
  • Score: 0
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