Owner of beheaded north Watford cat left 'devastated' and 'sick to her stomach' by grisly discovery

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Jess

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The devastated owner of a grey tabby who found her cat decapitated in the garden of her north Watford home said she is "sick to her stomach" that anyone could be so cruel.

"Friendly, lovely family cat" Jess, 9, is believed to have been shot twice and beheaded in an incident police are investigating as animal cruelty.

Shocked owner Sarah Kendell, 46, said: "We are shocked, devastated - I can’t find the words to really describe it.

"I feel sick to the stomach about how anybody could do that and take our cat away from us."

The mum-of-two said she returned to her home on Westfield Avenue at Sunday lunchtime after a night away and saw "something lying in the garden" - only to find it was the family pet.

The Grove School dinner lady said: "I went out and it was our cat, she had been decapitated.

"We weren’t sure what had happened, we took her to Medivet - we thought it might have been a fox.

"But the vet said it wasn’t an animal. It was a clean cut."

The Kendells were also told Jess had suffered two puncture wounds - which the vet believed could have been shots from an air rifle.

Sarah continued: "Jess was very friendly, she was a lovely family cat.

"We just want people to be aware in case something like this happens again.

"I don’t want anyone else to go through what my family has. It’s affected everyone.

"I have two children and they are absolutely devastated."

Sarah's husband Steve, 46, and their two children have two other cats, Jess’ sister Nala, who they rescued with Jess from the National Animal Welfare Trust, and two-year-old kitten Missy.

Sarah said they are afraid to let them out.

She said: "No animal should have to go through that."

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4:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jasonwatford says...

Gutted for them , I really hope they find this mindless idiot or idiots
Gutted for them , I really hope they find this mindless idiot or idiots jasonwatford
  • Score: 12

6:58pm Tue 19 Aug 14

misty177 says...

I think the cretin who did this lives near by and is obviously a cat hater.
What a sad and sick individual who would do this to a vulnerable cat. I hope you are caught, named and shamed. Infact, if you had done that to my cat, I would hunt you down and chop your head off. The cretin obviously has mental health issues as no normal person would do something like this.
So sorry for the family, a beautiful cat!
I think the cretin who did this lives near by and is obviously a cat hater. What a sad and sick individual who would do this to a vulnerable cat. I hope you are caught, named and shamed. Infact, if you had done that to my cat, I would hunt you down and chop your head off. The cretin obviously has mental health issues as no normal person would do something like this. So sorry for the family, a beautiful cat! misty177
  • Score: 15

9:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

nettym says...

This is very disturbing , So sorry for the family.
This is very disturbing , So sorry for the family. nettym
  • Score: 10

12:23am Wed 20 Aug 14

The_Hornet says...

Once again, my faith in humanity has diminished.
Once again, my faith in humanity has diminished. The_Hornet
  • Score: 6

10:42am Wed 20 Aug 14

Garston Girl says...

What an absolutely vile person to have done this. If anyone done this to my cat I would do the same to them. I appreciate not everyone likes cats but there is no reason whatsoever to do this to an innocent animal. Sick. Sick. Sick. I feel for the family.
What an absolutely vile person to have done this. If anyone done this to my cat I would do the same to them. I appreciate not everyone likes cats but there is no reason whatsoever to do this to an innocent animal. Sick. Sick. Sick. I feel for the family. Garston Girl
  • Score: 6

12:34pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Hairy Hornet says...

i really hope the perpetrators are caught charged and convicted and that their crime is given the maximum publicity so that they can be exposed as the wretched sub human oxygen thief's they are.

I would vote for Harrington if he could get the stocks returned to the statute books for this type of crime and I would be the first to buy my rotten fruit, and there is no shortage of outlets for this!
i really hope the perpetrators are caught charged and convicted and that their crime is given the maximum publicity so that they can be exposed as the wretched sub human oxygen thief's they are. I would vote for Harrington if he could get the stocks returned to the statute books for this type of crime and I would be the first to buy my rotten fruit, and there is no shortage of outlets for this! Hairy Hornet
  • Score: 11

12:54pm Wed 20 Aug 14

garston tony says...

This is a sick and disturbed act by a sick and disturbed person. Hope they catch the low life
This is a sick and disturbed act by a sick and disturbed person. Hope they catch the low life garston tony
  • Score: 6

2:44pm Wed 20 Aug 14

watford gal says...

What a disgusting thing to do, I feel so sorry for the family and can't imagine if this happened to my cat. Sadly the World is full of people being cruel to animals and this sadly leads to some sick individuals hurting humans. I hope the low life that did this spiteful crime is caught soon.
What a disgusting thing to do, I feel so sorry for the family and can't imagine if this happened to my cat. Sadly the World is full of people being cruel to animals and this sadly leads to some sick individuals hurting humans. I hope the low life that did this spiteful crime is caught soon. watford gal
  • Score: 4

11:10am Sat 23 Aug 14

Cranius says...

The killer is probably the holder of registered firearms in addition to an air weapon. Not rocket science for the Police to check on this.
The killer is probably the holder of registered firearms in addition to an air weapon. Not rocket science for the Police to check on this. Cranius
  • Score: 0
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