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Police are searching for a gang of cruel men who used duct tape and cable ties to tie up a tiny kitten.
Derbyshire police believe the little kitten was bound to be used as bait for dogs and ferrets.
The four or five men thought to be responsible for the abuse are described as in their early 20s and early 30s and were wearing tracksuits. One of the men is reported to have a tattoo of a swallow on his neck, while the others have tattoos on their hands.
They were in woodland between Unstone Green, Chesterfield and A61 at Sheepsbridge Industrial estate, according to police, who are now urging with anyone with any information to come forward.
Fortunately, the cute kitten was spotted and rescued by a passerby, and after removing the tape and cable ties the kitten is reported to be doing well.
Since sharing the post on the Derbyshire Constabulary Wildlife Officer Facebook page the post has been flooded with comments from people concerned for the kitten's welfare, but luckily for the little cutie, the person that rescued it has since decided to keep her, according to the Derby Telegraph. They told the paper that since bringing her home she has 'really come out of her shell'.
Others used the comment section to sound off about the sort of people who do such a thing to a baby animal, branding the men 'evil', 'scum of the Earth' and 'beyond cruel'.
A number of people called for harsher punishments for those found guilty of animal abuse, with one urging the UK government to bring in 'proper punishments'.
Police in Derbyshire are asking anyone with any information to give them a call on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 326-200518.
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