EVIL thugs who tortured cats with deadly fireworks are being hunted by police across the country.
Officers are investigating three separate cases where cherished pets were killed or badly hurt after being blown up by powerful explosives.
The weekend of horror was condemned by a leading charity today who said the culprits must not go unpunished for their sickening crimes.
Hours after Express.co.uk reported how a cat had died after having two rockets tied to its body and ignited in Derbyshire, came news of investigations by police in West Yorkshire and Northern Ireland into identical but not related attacks.
An all-white cat called Percy was left with catastrophic leg injuries after brutes strapped a firework to his legs.
Vets are fighting to save the Percy’s legs and animal lovers have set up a fundraising page to pay for treatment.
Percy’s owners Johnathan and Charlotte Doyle are appealing to the public to help police track down the attackers after revealing the heartbreaking moment of discovering their pet’s badly injured body.
Mr Doyle told local media how he had gone out on Saturday night to look for Percy after he had failed to return to the family home in Airedale, West Yorkshire.
He said: “I saw a group of people walk past covering their mouths as if they were going to be sick and that’s when I saw Percy over the other side of the wall.
“There was blood everywhere.
“We did not know how bad it was until we got him to the vets.
“It was worse than I thought. All you could see was muscle and bone sticking out, it was awful.
“I was screaming blue murder.”
The Doyles, who have two other cats, praised the public support they have received as veterinary surgeons try to save Percy’s legs.
Mr Doyle said: “The community has been brilliant.
“People are just outraged by this. We have thanked them for their kind words and helping to raise money, it’s not something we asked for, they have just done it.
“We want these horrible, sick people who did this to be caught.
“They need to be brought to justice.”
The Castleford Neighbourhood Policing Team are investigating the incident.
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It was reported that the injuries had been caused by unknown individuals attaching fireworks to the animal’s legs.
“At this time, this is being treated as an isolated incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the neighbourhood team via 101.”
In Portadown, County Armagh, there were reports of a female cat called Mylo having its head severed after being targeted in a firework attack.
Mylo’s owner, who has not been named, explained how she was a “very trusting and friendly cat” who loved to sit on the wall and greet neighbours.
The woman said: “I feel sorry for the person or people who have done this to my wee Mylo. It has left our family devastated.
“My friend reported it to the police for me as I was still in shock.”
Police at Lurgan confirmed that fireworks are feared to have killed Mylo.
Sergeant Mel Gibson said: “It is believed the pet suffered serious injuries caused by a firework sometime between 3am and 10am on Sunday morning. The cat died as a result of the injuries.”
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the police on 101, quoting reference number 230 of 06/11/17.
Police in Derbyshire are also investigating a firework incident after thugs set off two rockets tied to pet cat’s body.
The horrifically wounded animal died as vets rushed to the incident in Thorndike Avenue, Alvaston, on Saturday afternoon.
Leading feline charity Cats Protection today condemned the violence and called for justice for the pets and their owners.
Spokeswoman Louise Waters said: “We are completely dedicated to cats and their welfare so it’s very distressing to imagine the suffering these cats must have gone through.
“We would strongly urge anyone who witnesses an act of animal cruelty to contact the police or the RSPCA.
“It’s vital that we all do what we can to ensure that acts of this nature do not go unpunished.”