Reward of up to £2,000 offered to help find thugs who impaled and burned cat in Doncaster

Animal rights group PETA is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for impaling a cat with a barbeque skewer and roasting her over a disposable barbeque tray.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:26 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:27 am

The cat’s charred body was discovered on April 16 in an alley off Lincoln Road in Wheatley by Diane Powney, who was walking her dog.

Mrs Powney has been suffering from nightmares since, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

Now PETA has offered the financial reward in a bid to help the investigation, which is being led by South Yorkshire Police and the RSPCA.

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The cat was found in an alley of Lincoln Road in Wheatley.

"It's imperative that any community faced with cruel and callous acts such as this take measures to find the culprit and bring him or her to justice," says PETA Director Elisa Allen. "Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whomever is available to them, humans or other animals – and must be caught before they act again."

A statement from PETA explained that history shows that past incidents involving cruelty to animals regularly appear in the records of serial rapists and murderers.

Young killers Mary Bell, Robert Thompson, and Jon Venables as well as serial murderers Ian Huntley, Thomas Hamilton (the Dunblane massacre), Fred West, Dennis Nilsen, Ian Brady, and Raoul Moat all started out by deliberately harming animals.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.