A kitten suffered horrific injuries and had to be put down after a yob hurled him over a fence on to concrete 12 metres below.
The three-month-old kitten was rushed to a vet but his injuries were so appalling he had to be put to sleep following the incident in Fir Vale, Sheffield.
The RSPCA is appealing for information after what it described as ‘a terrible act of animal cruelty’.
An eyewitness said the kitten had been thrown over a fence and down a drop of approximately 12 metres on to concrete below.
It is believed the kitten had been thrown from a rear garden of a house on Fir Vale Road.
RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley was called to the incident and found the small kitten collapsed and in a state of shock.
She rushed the kitten to the vet but his injuries were so severe he had to put to sleep to prevent him suffering further.
Inspector Ronksley said: “This poor little kitten was only three months old, and this was such a tragic way to die.
“His injuries were horrific and included collapsed lungs. Despite the best efforts of a vet, nothing more could be done to save him.
“I would like to trace the owner of this kitten and of course the person responsible for his injuries. The kitten was not microchipped and didn’t have a collar, he was riddled with fleas.
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”