In Derby, United Kingdom, Sam Copeland Whelan, the owner of six of her own cats, has been left devastated after vile sickos tied two firework rockets to a neighborhood cat and set them off. Barely alive, the cat was found by Whelan’s brother on Saturday afternoon on Thorndike Avenue in Alvaston. He had called his sister to warn her to make sure she kept her “beloved” pets safe at home.
According to the Derby Telegraph, Whelan’s brother, immediately called a local veterinarian to the scene. Tragically, by the time the veterinarian arrived, the tortured cat could not be saved. A microchip will help authorities identify the cat and contact the owner.
“It had two firework rockets attached to it,” Whelan stated. “All of its fur was no longer on it and one of its legs had been ripped off. The fireworks had gone off. It looked appalling, and by the time the emergency vet came to the scene it had sadly died. It did well to survive so long. It’s so sad and tragic. My brother believes the cat was pinned down, and then had the rockets attached to its body.”
A spokesman for the Derbyshire police said it was appealing for witnesses concerning the incident. Witnesses or people with information are asked to contact police on 101 and quote incident reference number 592 and today’s date if they know who is responsible or if they witnessed the incident.
On November 5, Great Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night. Traditionally there are small displays of fireworks in private homes as well as huge displays in public parks. The event commemorates the anniversary of an attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament by Guy Fawkes on November 5, 1605; “the reason was to remove King James I from the throne, and restore Britain’s Catholic monarchy.”
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