Two young boys were seen holding a live cat and feeding it to two dogs in South Yorkshire, the RSPCA has revealed.
The boys involved are believed to be as young as six years old.
The cat was found by the RSPCA but later died.
Now the charity is appealing for witnesses who may have seen the shocking incident – as inquiries have so far drawn a blank.
The incident was alleged to have happened in the Coppice Road area of Highfields, Doncaster on Saturday, February 8.
It was reported to the RSPCA and an investigation was launched.
RSPCA inspector Jo Taylor said: “We were contacted regarding reports that a live cat was seen being held by two youngsters who appeared to be feeding it to two dogs.
“I have carried out a number of enquiries so far – but to no avail and I would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding this to contact me please.
“The body of the cat has been retrieved and we are now keen to speak to anyone who has any information.
“The boys were said to be around six to seven years old and the dogs were on leads and were described as having small grey bodies and brown heads.
“The cat, a female tabby, sadly died later as a result of her injuries.”
n Anyone with information should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.