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THERE are fears a cat was decapitated for a “gruesome souvenir”.
Albury RSPCA president Arthur Frauenfelder was appalled to read in The Border Mail yesterday how a Wodonga woman discovered her cat beheaded.
“It’s horrendous to think someone has taken this head and may be using it for entertainment,” Dr Frauenfelder said.
“It has probably struck someone that they would like a skull, so it’s probably a souvenir, a gruesome one at that.”
Owner Shayna Watson was contacted by a woman Sunday night saying she had found Cupcake on Felltimber Creek Road and phoned her using the number on the animal’s collar.
The woman moved the animal to the nature strip. But when Ms Watson found Cupcake’s body it had been decapitated and the head was nowhere to be found.
Dr Frauenfelder believed it was an isolated incident.
“The person who has committed this act would be someone who is warped in the mind,” he said.
“Someone with a horrible sense of morality.
“They would have known the owner would find the rest of the body.”
Dr Frauenfelder said the incident was not considered an act of animal cruelty because the cat was already dead when the head was decapitated.
“Whoever did this needs to be warned that it’s not acceptable behaviour,” he said.
Ms Watson yesterday encouraged residents to report any behaviour of this kind.
She had heard from friends and family that in some realms it had become “fashionable” to collect the skulls of animals.
Ms Watson admitted that owning a pet, especially a cat, near a busy road had inherent risks.
“We are aware of this, but Cupcake was not just a corpse or a piece of rubbish,” she said.
“When I woke and checked my phone (on Monday), my first instinct was to find her and bring her home.
“The person who mutilated her body has cruelly made this situation more devastating and raises questions of animal cruelty.”