Investigation launched after video appears to show man kicking cat in Edinburgh

A man has been caught on film seemingly kicking a cat into a garden.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 12:46 pm

He – who we have chosen not to identify – was recorded carrying what looks like an animal by the scruff of the neck before turning and launching it into the air.

The man is then seen leaving the area before returning and throwing a large green plastic bin into the garden at the home in East Craigs earlier this year.

The Scottish SPCA has now launched an investigation after being made aware of the incident.

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The attack was captured on a CCTV system and posted to the UK Animal Cruelty Files (UKACF) Facebook page this week.

The UKACF post claims the small black and white cat belongs to the man’s mother.

The UKAFC post reads: “Shame on [name omitted] who was caught on CCTV on 2 January attacking his mother’s cat in a drunken rage.

“He is seen at the start of the video picking the tiny cat up by the back of her neck before booting her through the air.

An investigation is underway. Picture: Contributed

“He returns moments later, still enraged, and throws a wheelie bin into his mother’s garden. He’s clearly not the most stable of individuals.”

Hundreds of animal lovers have slammed the attack and encouraged the incident to be reported to Police Scotland and the Scottish SPCA.

One person posted: “Need to report this disgraceful behaviour his pets are not safe with him.”

Another said: “This needs reported, unbelievable cruelty. What a hard guy you are hurting an innocent wee cat.”

Another added: “I can’t even watch this - that poor cat should be rehomed and checked by a vet.”

Scottish SPCA chief inspector Sarah Gregory said: “We have launched an investigation after being made aware of a video which appears to show a man kicking a cat.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who can assist with our enquiries. Any person with information which may aid our investigation can contact our animal helpline confidentially on 03000 999 999.”

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