QUOTE said:Manhunt after cat tortured
By Karen Collier and Mark Dunn
December 12, 2007 11:16am
Article from: Herald Sun
* Cat sexually abused, set alight
* Fears culprit will seek "bigger thrills"
* Abuser may have also bashed rabbit to death
A PERSON who tortured, sexually abused and set alight a defenceless cat may have also bashed a pet rabbit to death, authorities said today.
The RSPCA and police are investigating the attacks on the animals, which came within days last week in Berwick, Victoria.
They fear the culprit will seek "bigger thrills" unless caught.
The distraught owner of the friendly cat said the offender was the "lowest form of life on this planet" who should rot in jail.
Kate Arnol was forced to put down her beloved cat Bullet because of the shocking injuries he suffered after being snatched from near his home.
Ms Arnol said the cat was crying in excruciating pain, had a dislocated tail and did not recognise her when she decided to end his suffering.
She was shocked to be told by the vet that it was suspected her pet was sexually assaulted.
The case came just two days after a pet rabbit was reported bashed to death in a backyard nearby.
Authorities are investigating links between the crimes.
Ms Arnol said anyone prepared to treat an animal in such a way was a threat to the community and the "lowest form of life on this planet".
"What frightens me the most is how anyone could intentionally and methodically inflict pain on a defenceless, living creature," Ms Arnol said.
"The police were informed by the emergency centre ... it's very serious, I hope whoever is responsible is caught so it doesn't happen again.
"It just makes me sick."
Hallam Animal Emergency Centre senior vet Joanne Gill said the cat was found after midnight Friday in Berwick.
He had been singed down one side.
A microchip enabled them to contact the owner and the animal was euthanased on Saturday.
Ms Gill said it was not the first time she had seen an animal subjected to a sexual assault.
"It was just terrible, it's one of the more serious cases of intentional cruelty I have seen," Ms Gill said.
RSPCA investigator Greg Boland said the case was a gross example of animal cruelty that could attract penalties of 12 months' jail or a $12,000 fine.
"We've previously worked with police on cases involving bestiality, thankfully it's a rare occurrence but it does happen from time to time," Mr Boland said.