A severely injured cat was found tied to a fence by a group of teenagers in Lancashire.
The RSPCA has launched an investigation after the cat, named Tinker, was abandoned in the grounds of Farington Primary School on Crown Street in Leyland.
Tinker was found with wounds to her neck after straining to escape from the fence, and her tail had to be amputated due to her injuries.
The teens rescued Tinker and took her to the vet after they heard her cries.
RSPCA Inspector Susie Micallef, said: “The cat had been missing for two weeks when some local teens playing at the field heard crying and found her tied to a fence and took her to a local vet.
“Tinker’s tail was badly injured and there were maggots on the wound so vets had to amputate it.”
The RSPCA was able to trace Tinkers’ owners as she was microchipped.
Ms Micallef added: “Luckily, she was microchipped so we were able to contact her owners who said she’d been missing for two weeks.
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“It seems someone has deliberately tied poor Tinker to the fence. It seems she had probably suffered her tail injury before being tied up so would have required veterinary treatment. And yet, instead of seeking help, someone has restrained her and left her to fend for herself.”
The charity is now investigating what happened to the cat and who was responsible for her injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the appeal line on 0300 123 8018.