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Shock as pet cat is doused in fuel

Deniliquin woman Val Meadowcroft believes her pet cat was doused with petrol last Wednesday.

SHAUN CONNOR December 18, 2013 4:30am

Val Meadowcroft with Monty after the attack.

A cruel attack has left a pet cat with patches of hair missing from its back and tail.

Deniliquin’s Val Meadowcroft believes her ‘‘friendly’’ ginger ragdoll cat named Monty was doused in petrol last Wednesday.

She is now warning other pet owners around the west end area of Poictiers St to be wary.

‘‘I don’t understand what kind of human would do something like this. It makes me so bloody cross,’’ she said.

‘‘There is just no need for it. Would the people responsible like it if someone did this to their pet?’’

Unfortunately, however, this isn’t the first time one of Mrs Meadowcroft’s pets has been targeted.

About 18 months ago, she found one of her cats dead on her front lawn. It had been foaming at the mouth and Mrs Meadowcroft suspects it was poisoned.

But what makes Wednesday’s attack so shocking, according to Mrs Meadowcroft, is that Monty is an affectionate and affable cat ‘‘who sleeps on the washing machine at night’’ and never strays far from home.

‘‘I let Monty outside while I went and did some shopping. After I got home and was unpacking the groceries I heard him meowing, and to me it sounded like something was wrong.

‘‘As soon as I came close to him I could smell petrol and I saw his tail was all wet. I slammed the groceries down, picked him up and did my best to wash the petrol off.’’

Mrs Meadowcroft said she could not understand why a docile cat was the target of such an attack.

‘‘It makes no sense. Monty is just a friendly cat. I don’t want it to happen to anyone else’s pet.’’


After making the grim discovery on Wednesday, Mrs Meadowcroft warned some of her neighbours, who she said were shocked and saddened by the attack.

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