THE remains of a cat that appears to have been trapped and thrown in a stream have been discovered on the Isle of Wight, prompting an investigation by the RSPCA.
The charity fears such cases are on the increase on the Isle of Wight.
The trap was found, covered with a black bin liner, on Wednesday, December 4, in a stream close to Whitwell Road between Godshill and Whitwell, the charity said.
RSPCA animal collection officer Gemma Gumbleton said: "It was deeply upsetting to find the remains of a cat that appears to have been trapped and thrown into a stream.
"It was an action that would clearly have been deliberate."
She added: "The RSPCA is facing a difficult time with an increasing number of stray cats and cat trapping instances on the Island. Harming these poor creatures is no alternative."
The cat was estimated to be between six and eight years old, although it was not clear if it was male or female. It is thought to have been in the stream for up to two months due to the advanced stage of decomposition, she said.
Anyone with any information can contact the RSPCA's inspectorate line on 0300 123 8018.