WARNING: the details below are disturbing.
The disturbing discovery of a dead cat, whose body was found hanging on a pole at a Vancouver elementary school on Friday, has the BC SPCA asking for the public’s help.
There are no photos of the grey, seven-year-old male Russian Blue cat because they are too horrifying for publication, according to the BC SPCA.
The cat, which had a tag with the name ‘Smokey’, was found hanging by his collar in front of the Nootka Elementary School’s rear doors. A smoked cigarette butt had been shoved into the cat’s mouth and was placed to look as if he was standing on his hind legs.
The BC SPCA said his left ear and mouth were full of blood and his right eye was also hemorrhaged with blood. It was determine that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head but it’s currently not known how the trauma occurred.
“We don’t know why he was placed like that, but we are hoping that someone may know or [may] have seen something that will help us.” Eileen Drever, senior animal protection officer for the BC SPCA said in a statement.
The owners of Smokey, which the BC SPCA was able to find through the cat’s ID tag, were traumatized when they were notified about the feline’s demise.
Drever noted that even if Smokey was not killed deliberately and the placement was done post-mortem, “it is distressing to think that anyone would show such little respect for the deceased animal.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the BC SPCA Animal Cruelty hotline at 1-855-622-7722.
PHOTO GALLERY: Smokey, the cat.