A CAT that was smashed against a tree and some railings is now back at home with his owners, slowly recovering from his injuries.
Lance, an eight-year-old ginger tom, suffered serious nerve damage to his tail and bladder in the attack outside Rohan Gardens, All Saints' Road, Warwick.
After being looked after by the RSPCA, he was returned home to Michael and Jacqui Doughty, who live in nearby Maple Grove.
Michael said: “He has to take tablets for another month, and obviously he’s not going to be the same cat he was before, but that’s the best we can hope for. He’s still very scared, but he’s getting better.”
Two rewards totalling £1,200 have been offered for information that helps capture the man seen swinging Lance against the railings at 12.15am on Friday 26th July.
Michael said: “I think there is a bit of a vigilante group out there looking for this bloke to sort him out, because he does need sorting out.
“If he could do that to a cat what would he have done to a little child?”
Michael hopes the RSPCA will press charges if the man is found. “To me there is no excuse for that behaviour,” he said.
Animal Rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have offered £1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man.
Mickleton resident, Heather Brooks, 61, added £200 of her own money on top of that.
Although his owners don’t think Lance will ever be the same again, there are signs he is returning to his former cheeky self.
Neighbour Martin Mackenzie said despite the injuries, the ginger tom still managed to creep inside his house to try and steal his own cat’s food.
He said: “Lance is usually given treats by neighbours because he’s so well known.”
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