The Scottish SPCA are appealing for information after the body of a cat was discovered in a pillowcase on the promenade in Leven, Fife.
The remains of the young, female cat were found by a member of the public on April 20.
Scottish SPCA inspector, Robyn Gray, said, “This is a very concerning incident that was understandably distressing for the member of public involved.
“The cat is a young adult, black and white cat who is not microchipped and was not wearing a collar.
“She was found in a pillowcase, which was tied up with a black hair bobble. There were also the remains of a green, plastic refuse sack inside the pillowcase.
“When the incident was reported we collected the cat and sent the body for post-mortem. The post-mortem has concluded that the cat drowned.
“There is no bruising to suggest she was held down so it’s likely she was still alive when she was placed in the bag and put in the sea.
“This has not been an accidental drowning, but a deliberate act and would have been a horrific, terrifying death for the animal.
“The post-mortem also showed she has been cared for up to this point as she was in good body condition, with no medical issues and had been fed shortly before she was killed.
“It is an offence to deliberately harm or kill an animal and we’re sure that someone out there must recognise this cat, or the pillowcase she was found in.
“We would urge anyone with information on this incident to contact the Scottish SPCA’s confidential animal helpline on 03000 999 999.”