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Cash reward to catch cat killers

Animal rights campaigners are offering a 1,000 reward to catch two youths who threw a cat to pack of dogs.

The cat was taken from outside a house in Nightingale Avenue, Oxford, before being mauled by the dogs. It was rescued by a passer-by but later died.

The 12-year-old tabby suffered broken ribs and damage to its heart and lungs.

Suzanne Barnard from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is offering the reward, said: "Animal abusers are cowards".

"They take their issues out on the most defenceless beings available to them," she said.

The youths took the cat from the front yard of her home in the Greater Leys area of the city on 19 January.

When disturbed by a passer-by the youths threw the cat into bushes and ran off.

The tabby, called Kitty, suffered serious injuries and did not survive the attack.

PETA is offering 1,000 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the RSPCA or Thames Valley Police.

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