A cat found dead at the bottom of some high-rise flats in Nottingham could have been thrown from a window, the RSPCA said.
The body of the animal was found on the ground next to the flats in Ash View in Radford on Thursday morning.
The discovery was made by a caretaker working in the area.
He had passed the spot a few minutes earlier and not seen anything, but when he returned the cat's body was there. The RSPCA is appealing for information.
'Cruel and horrific'
The RSPCA said the cat, which was about five months old, had died from the impact. It is thought the animal fell from some height.
Insp Chris Shaw, who is investigating the incident, said: "There is a chance this could have been accidental.
"Sadly it appears this probably was done deliberately and, if so, this is such a cruel and horrific case of animal cruelty.
"I cannot even contemplate why someone would have done this, it's just truly horrible. It would have also been absolutely terrifying for the cat."