SHOCKING pictures show the horrific injuries suffered by an elderly cat after it was grabbed outside its home and repeatedly dashed against the pavement.
Kameere, 15, suffered a fractured skull and such severe damage to one of her eyes that it might have to be removed.
Owner Michelle Bartle described the attacker – who was caught on CCTV – as the “scum of the earth”.
The incident happened outside Michelle’s home in Glenrothes, Fife, at 12.45am on Sunday.
Michelle, 42, said today she was left “physically sick and shaking uncontrollably”.
She said: “I came back from my sister’s at 12 o’clock. I spoke to my husband, Andrew, for five minutes and went upstairs to bed.
“Then I heard screaming outside, not like the usual cat fight. I went and looked outside and there was a man in black lifting her up and throwing her off the ground.”
She added: “I started screaming out the window. I shouted down to Andrew. By the time he ran outside the man was gone.”
The terrified and badly injured cat had crawled away from the scene and was not found for several minutes.”
She said: “My son, Scott, is 16. He was 6 months old when we got Kameere so he has grown up his whole life with her.
“He found her in the grass after what happened. He was white as a sheet.”
At the vets, the cat had to be heavily sedated and stitching to a hemorrhaging eye, which is likely to have to be removed.
CCTV shows the man walking past a fence near the family home about five minutes before the attack. Michelle has appealed for help by members of the public to trace the man.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up by Michelle’s sister Jay-Marie to support Kameere’s vet bills which are “likely to run into the thousands”.
Michelle added: “If he can do that to a cat what else is he capable of?
“He’s the absolute scum of the Earth.”
She added: “Kameere didn’t act like she was 15-years-old. She was such a little character. Now she’s going to struggle jumping up and down, climbing trees.”
Police are investigating the incident, and are keen to speak to members of the public who may have seen the man before the attack or afterwards when he fled in the direction of Glenwood Shopping Centre.
Sergeant Kirk Donnelly from Glenrothes Police Station said: “This is an absolutely sickening and violent attack on a defenceless animal, that has left the cat with very serious injuries.
“We would ask that anyone who witnessed what happened, or who saw any suspicious activity within Minto Crescent during the early hours of Sunday morning, to contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information can contact Glenrothes Police Station via 101 and quote incident number 518 of the 1st July.
Alternatively an anonymous report can be made to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.