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    Animal tied to fireworks thought to have been a cat

    NewsThursday 07 November 2013
    A cat (not pictured) is thought to have died in Preston after being tied to a firework. 
    The remains of the animal, believed to have been a cat, were discovered by children who were playing on a city green. 
    The police were called to The Pad in Callon, Preston, after the kids found the animal’s remains on a grass verge. 
    A local resident saw a phone message, that was reported to have been sent by the culprit, in which he allegedly admitted to killing the animal, and then reported the matter to the police. 
    Speaking to the Lancashire Evening Post, the resident, who remained anonymous due to fear of reprisals, said: “Somebody alerted me to two youths that apparently tied a firework to a cat and blew it up. It’s absolutely horrendous.
    “One of the guys involved has sent a BBM BlackBerry message bragging about what he did. The thought that a boy could do that, to inflict so much pain on a defenceless animal, it’s awful.”
    “God knows what the owner is going to do when they find out.”
    Police officers went to the scene at around 5pm on Sunday night and arranged for the animal’s remains to be bagged up and then removed. 
    A spokesperson from the Lancashire Police then confirmed that the remains were of non-human origin, and stated that they could not be sure as to what the animal was. They then went on to say that at this stage, no further action, in relation to a criminal investigation was being taken. 
    However, they then went on to say that if any evidence of foul play was discovered and a case of cruelty to an animal was reported, then it would be investigated. 
    Local residents then took to Facebook and Twitter in shock to comment on the incident. 
    “This is why the sale of fireworks to under-25s should be banned, makes me so angry, the poor cat,” said one poster. 
    Another commented: “Truly awful, animal abuse like this really needs hefty sentencing, it’s a total lack of respect and empathy for other living creatures.”
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