A cat owner says she is heartbroken after her kitten was beheaded with a “sharp implement”.
Sian Louise Parsons, 26, said she discovered her seven-month-old Turkish Van cat Neo had gone missing from her home in Brackley, Northants on Wednesday.
She called her local vets soon afterwards and was told a cat fitting Neo’s description had been handed in.
Sian then left work and arrived at Croft Veterinary Centre with her dad and partner Lee, 32, to identify the mutilated remains of her “baby” Neo.
She said: “He’d had his head cut off and the police said it has not been recovered.
“I didn’t look at him - I couldn’t because I didn’t want my last memory of him to be like that. I know it’s a cliche, but he is like my baby.
“He goes to sleep with me every night and cries when I leave the room. He’s been like my shadow from the day I got him.
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“I used to rush home from work to see him. I haven’t slept, eaten or been to work since Wednesday.”
Northamptonshire police are looking for the attacker.
Sian added: “They don’t even deserve words wasted on them. How can you call them a person for doing these sick and horrible things.”
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Sian also posted an emotional appeal on Facebook in which she encouraged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
It has since been shared thousands of times with scores of wellwishers posting sympathetic messages.
According to Northamptonshire police the attack happened between 9.30pm on Tuesday and 11am the next day.
A spokeswoman said: "This is obviously a very concerning incident and we are investigating what happened.”
“Anyone with info should call us on 101 quoting reference number 20000055760."