It is hard to imagine a more cowardly act on a defenceless kitten than setting fire to it (The Argus, November 30).

The priority now should be the capture and conviction of those responsible.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the domestic cat is a protected animal.

If this legislation to protect animals is to be effective, it must be adequately enforced.

Skilled RSPCA inspectors and animal welfare officers (AWOs) are making sure that the Act does not become a toothless tiger, but what about the police?

I hope new police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne is going to work with and assist RSPCA inspectors to prevent animal cruelty.

She should ensure her force has clear protocols for liaising and working in partnership with RSPCA inspectors to provide effective services to the community concerning animal welfare.

When animal abusers are caught and convicted, and I sincerely hope the culprits of this vile act are, we need deterrent sentences meted out by magistrates and judges to make examples of them.

David Hammond, North Court, Hassocks

I felt really sad when I read about the kitten Hetty, which died because evil monsters hurt her.

My thoughts and sympathies go out to Hetty’s heartbroken owner.

Lesley Kite, Brighton