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Cat is 'flattened' in gang attack

A cat was "completely flattened" when a gang of youths battered it to death with planks of wood in Doncaster.

An RSPCA inspector described the attack on the animal as "a scene out of a horror film". It happened at 0200 BST on Westminster Crescent in Intake.

Insp Tamsin Drysdale said the male cat was beaten by three or four teenagers before being set upon by a dog. Every bone in the cat's body was broken.

Witnesses said the gang wore hooded tops to hide their faces.

Ms Drysdale added: "It was brutal and barbaric. Intake is a close-knit community where everyone knows everyone else."

Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police or the RSPCA.

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