RSPCA Victoria is urging owners to keep their pet cats inside as they have received several reports of incidences of violence and beating of cats during the COVID-19 period. In the month of June alone, RSPCA Victoria received reports of two severe cases of abuse towards cats by an unknown offender in north-west Melbourne.
On Saturday 6 June a grey, male domestic cat was found by its owner in Broadmeadows with a fractured leg, tail pull injury and burns to its skin. It was discovered in Broadmeadows.
Additionally, on Saturday 13 June a ginger, male cat was found in Hadfield with a zip tie and rubber band around the base of his tail, leaving him unable to move his tail or defecate. The owners said the cat was missing from its property for over a week.