A DEAD cat discovered in a rucksack had died from suspicious injuries, according to experts.
The male tabby and white animal was discovered by a member of the public in a wooded area of Summerhill, Aberdeen on Wednesday morning (22 February).
A post-mortem revealed the cat had died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Chief Inspector John Carle said: “The vet who examined this cat said his injuries are very suspicious and that they are definitely not a result of a road traffic accident.
“We can’t be sure how long this cat’s body had been there but the vet said he had been dead for a minimum of three or four days before being found.
“It’s not yet clear how this poor cat died but what we do know is he was caused a great deal of pain and suffering.
“Putting his body in a bag and leaving him in the woods is particularly sickening.
“We are appealing to the public for information so we can find the person responsible for this callous act.”
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.