A CAT in the Corston area has died a day after being found on a doorstep with deliberate slash wounds.

The incident is believed to have happened at some time during September 29 after the cat was let out by its owners during the morning.

It was found later that day on the doorstep of the address with several slash wounds.

The cat was taken to a local vets practice and underwent surgery but died today.

A vet has confirmed the injuries appeared to have been caused deliberately and now police are appealing for information and/or witnesses.

They are carrying out a number of enquiries in the Mill Lane to identify the person responsible.

PC Darren Willis said: “This is clearly an extremely upsetting incident for the owners of this poor cat who had some appalling injuries inflicted on him.

"We were hoping he would make a recovery but sadly he has died as a result of these injuries today.

“We are really keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity in the Corston area, specifically the area of Mill Lane.

"As well as this, if you didn’t witness anything yourself but you have information which could lead to the identity of the person or persons involved, please do get in touch. This is a horrendous act on an innocent animal.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54200097897. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.