A CAT was kicked into the path of moving traffic by yobs.

The pet’s owner was horrified when she was contacted by vets and then later told about its ordeal from a witness who saw how it had suffered at the hands of youngsters in London Road at about 10pm.

Police have launched an investigation into the attack in Devizes.

PC Paul Woodbridge said: “This is obviously an extremely unpleasant and upsetting incident where a cat has been reported to have been thrown at one car and then kicked at another car.

“The cat was taken in by staff at the Travelodge in London Road and then taken to the vets to check for any injuries. It has since been returned to its owner with, fortunately, no long-term issues. The owner is understandably upset by what has happened.”

The owner took to social media to appeal for witnesses. She said: “Someone took him from the Quakers Walk estate up to by the Travelodge.

“These young people then decided to throw him in front of oncoming traffic. A wonderful, kind lady rescued him from them and took him to the vets.”

She later heard from a witness who gave her more information about what had happened to her black and white cat Timmy.

She said: “Timmy was thrown into her car then bounced off to the car behind. When he tried to get back on the path he was kicked into the road into another car.

“There were two women, one with a child in their arms, and some young blokes about. I am now asking people to please come forward if you know anything about these nasty, crazy people.”

A police spokesman said: “Shortly after 10pm on 12 January, we received a report that two girls had been seen to throw and kick a black and white cat in London Road.

“The girls were walking along London Road towards the petrol garage at the time and are both described as white - they had a young child with them. An officer attended but could not locate the girls. We’d appeal to anyone who saw anything that could help with identifying the girls.”

Jacky Macqueen of Macqueen vets said: “We cared for him and were able to find the owner through his microchip.”

Scores of people took to social media to condemn the cruelty to the cat and urged witnesses to come forward to help catch the culprits who were condemned in the strongest possible language by those who left messages. They urged anyone who had heard rumours to come forward.