Family cat suffers third bleach attack

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 January 2012

Harold the cat with owners Penelope, Prudence and mother Rebecca Asling.

Harold the cat with owners Penelope, Prudence and mother Rebecca Asling.


TWO five-year-old twins have been left 'devastated' after their pet cat was attacked with bleach for the third time.

The Asling family’s moggy Harold lost much of his fur in the three attacks, with the first coming at the end of 2010 and the most recent in December.

Mum Rebecca says the attacks, which happened near the family home in Beechwood Avenue, Locking, have upset her twin daughters Penelope and Prudence. She also revealed that the unfortunate feline may be unable to grow new fur on the damaged parts of its body.

The mother-of-three said: “Harold came in and we saw he had lost some of the fur underneath his chin and in other places, and more was coming out.

“We took him to the vets to be treated and they said it was consistent with a chemical burn, but they could not say exactly what had caused it.

“But we are sure it is bleach – this is the third time this has happened, and each time we have found him like this he has smelt strongly of bleach.”

Rebecca, aged 35, has contacted the police and the RSPCA about the attacks, and is appealing for anyone else whose pets have suffered such attacks to contact the police.

She added: “Harold is a very friendly cat, so I suspect he has gone up to someone who has then put bleach on him. For someone to have put bleach on him like this three times is very upsetting, it’s very cruel - my daughters, especially Penelope, have been devastated by it.”

If your pet has suffered similar injuries, contact the police on 101.

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