A BELOVED pet cat was killed after being wrapped in a towel and repeatedly kicked before being smashed against a brick wall, police believe.
Michael Race, the heartbroken owner of three-year-old Choo Choo, said today he hoped the culprit would be locked up for life.
The cat was attacked after he had been let out by his owner in Hertford Drive, Tyldesley, and was later found dumped in a bin. A witness told police they saw someone kicking the animal as it was hanging from a fence wrapped in a towel, at around 2am on Friday.
They told officers they saw a man take the cat down from the fence and then punch it in the stomach, causing the animal to scream in pain. The cat was then smashed against a wall, according to the witness.
Mr Race, 26, said: “I’m still traumatised, I’ve not been to work since. My seven-year-old son has hardly said a word since this happened.
“The upset has turned to anger. The laws on animal cruelty aren’t tough enough. A fine and a slap on the wrist is not enough. I’d like to see this person in jail for the rest of their life.
“Anyone who can do this just doesn’t fit into society. How they could do that to a cat, I don’t know.”
Michael, a truck mechanice who has another cat – Choo Choo’s brother, Spook – said he had been woken up by police after working a nightshift.
The officers confirmed Choo Choo had been killed during the night. The cat was later recovered from a bin on Lancaster Avenue.
A suspect was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty.