Tweedbank cat decapitation 'despicable'
Police and the Scottish SPCA have launched an investigation after a black cat was found decapitated near a path in the Scottish Borders.
The incident occurred in Tweedbank late last month.
Insp Mike Wynne described it as a "despicable act" and said it had caused considerable distress to the family which owned the cat.
Scottish SPCA Ch Insp Paul Anderson said it was a "horrific act of cruelty".
"We are carrying out local enquiries to identify those responsible," said Insp Wynne from Lothian and Borders Police.
"Anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in Essenside Drive, the woodland surrounding the area or the Melrose to Galashiels railway walk is asked to contact police immediately."