Man tries to drown cat in Salisbury river

Man tries to drown cat in Salisbury river

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 12:27pm 18th February 2019. (Updated at 3:47pm 18th February 2019)

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The RSPCA is appealing for information into the incident near the Boat House pub.

A couple witnessed the man attempting to throw the black and white cat into the River Avon near the Milstream Approach area on Sunday 27th January at around 11.15am and challenged him.

He told them he'd already tried to drown the cat, which wasn't his, once and was giving it another go.

The couple took the cat off the man and the animal was later returned to the owner who lives nearby.

RSPCA inspector Claire Carter, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said:

"This is a truly shocking incident. Thankfully it is rare that we hear of such deliberately cruel cases in the area.

"I'm just grateful a member of the public witnessed what was happening and managed to rescue the cat, who's now back with their owner and fully recovered.


It is believed he either headed past local business James Hay and under an underpass from the Waitrose car park, or from Castle Street bus depot and along the river by the Boat House pub via the mini roundabout, where he was challenged by the couple with a dog.

The suspect is described as being a white, middle aged male, around 5'8" with curly hair.

At the time he was carrying a Tesco's shopping bag, which had the cat inside.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.


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