Cat 'horrifically' killed in burglary

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 14:20 13/06/2014

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An animal rights charity has offered a $1000 reward for information after a Christchurch woman's cat was killed during a burglary. 

St Martins resident Sue, who did not want her last name used, said her Wades Ave home was broken into on June 5 while she was out during the day.

The 62-year-old arrived home to find broken glass on the floor and her laptop missing.

Her beardie-border collie cross dog rushed to meet her, but 10-year-old tortoiseshell Phoebe was nowhere to be seen.

''All the dog's blankets were messed up in the lounge. I thought this was really odd - the TV was still there, the stereo was still there.''

Sue called police and had a friend come over to stay the night.

They began looking for Phoebe later that evening after realising she was still missing and noticed the blankets in the dog's kennel outside had been folded. Sue pulled the blankets back, finding her cat's body underneath.

She called police again to inform them of her cat's death and about two knives she had since found missing from her kitchen.

''The thing that scared me the most is taking the knives," Sue said.

"What are they going to do next? What sort of people are they? Well they're not, they're scum.''

A veterinarian carried out a full autopsy on Phoebe's body and was ''horrified'' by what was found.

''She had horrific injuries,'' Sue said. ''She had cracked ribs, with internal bleeding. It seemed she had been swung around because her hip had been dislocated.''

Police checked Sue's home for fingerprints, but it appeared the offender had worn gloves. 

''Words just fail me really. I want them caught and dealt to in no uncertain terms,'' Sue said. 

Craig Dunn, co-founder of animal rights charity Paw Justice, said the incident was ''disgusting''. 

The charity was offering a $1000 reward for information that led to a prosecution and conviction.

''These people need to be brought to justice. If they've done it once, they'll do it again,'' he said.

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